The forgotten carnage of the Revolutionary War

by Bill Federer -- "Don't shoot until you see the whites of their eyes!" commanded Colonel William Prescott, repeating the order of General Israel Putnam, June 17, 1775. Colonel William Prescott's men more…

Who is the dad behind Father's Day?

by Bill Federer -- The first formal "Father's Day" was celebrated June 19, 1910, in Spokane, Washington. Sonora Louise Smart Dodd heard a church sermon on the newly established Mother's Day and more…

Why respecting our national flag is important

by Bill Federer -- On June 14, 1777, the Second Continental Congress selected the flag of the United States. In 1916, President Woodrow Wilson designated June 14 as "National Flag Day." "I more…

The horrific price paid by early patriots

by Bill Federer -- Dr. Joseph Warren sent Paul Revere and William Dawes on their midnight ride to warn Lexington and Concord that the government was coming to seize their guns. The more…

The place we build our proud maritime tradition

by Bill Federer -- The United States Naval Academy at Annapolis, Maryland, graduated its first class on June 10, 1854. The Academy was established under George Bancroft, Secretary of the Navy under more…

Why June 9 should go down in infamy

by Bill Federer -- Withholding taxes from paychecks began June 9, 1943. Congress passed it as an emergency measure during World War II to get money to fight Hitler. Withholding taxes was more…

Andrew Jackson: Talk about a tough childhood

by Bill Federer -- His Scots-Irish parents emigrated from Ireland two years before his birth, which was March 15, 1767. His father died before he was born. At age 13, Andrew Jackson more…