Donald R. McClarey

Recruits in the Cause of Liberty

  I have always loved these scenes from The Patriot (2001).  It calls to my mind stories that my father told me that the day after Pearl Harbor in Paris, Illinois, long lines of men and teenage boys were waiting

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Donald R. McClarey

Fortnight For Freedom: Why Do We Celebrate the Fourth?

Why do we observe Independence Day on the Fourth of July each year?  Is it merely a historical commemoration, or is it because the lightning words of the Declaration of Independence still have meaning and relevance today?  This is not

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Happy Independence Day! (A Roundup)

Happy Independence Day, folks! — Here is a roundup of some choice reads as we commemorate the birth of our nation: Because it’s worth reading again: The Declaration of Independence – view high-resolution images of the original. (This is a

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God Bless America by Kate Smith

Kathryn Elizabeth “Kate” Smith (May 1, 1907 – June 17, 1986) was an American singer, best known for her rendition of Irving Berlin‘s “God Bless America“. Smith had a radio, television, and recording career spanning five decades, reaching its pinnacle

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Ending the Revolution

The 4th of July is the primary patriotic holiday of our country, and yet the event it commemorates (the publication of the Declaration of Independence) was just the first step on our road to nationhood. Although the Second Continental Congress

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