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    Reflecting on America's Resolve: 72nd Anniversary of Pearl Harbor Attack

    Today marks the 72nd anniversary of the attack on Pearl Harbor. As Americans reflect on what President Franklin D. Roosevelt called “a date which will live in infamy,” let us also remember the resolve Americans and the U.S. military showed in response. The attack killed over 2,400 Americans, destroyed nearly … More

    They Fought for You: Two Veterans' Stories

    Today marks the 59th time in our history that we celebrate Veterans Day, and as millions of Americans across the country show support for our current soldiers and living veterans, let us also pause to remember our fallen heroes from the past. The tradition of Veterans Day began with an … More

    British Control of Gibraltar Helped Defeat Nazi Germany

    Seventy-one years ago this week in 1942, the Allies began the liberation of North Africa from the yoke of Italian and German fascism. Known as Operation Torch, this was the first combat test in World War II for U.S. forces. British control over the territory of Gibraltar played a vital … More

    Obama Keeps World War II Memorial Closed Despite Outcry from Veterans

    The government shutdown means the closure of all national parks and memorials, right? Not necessarily, according to the House Natural Resources Committee. The Obama administration is selectively choosing which monuments to keep open and which to block off (click to see the map). Despite the public outcry and pleas from … More

    Storming the Barricades in Washington

    Americans are justifiably angry over the political game being played by the Obama administration to barricade the World War II Memorial in Washington. And they should be. Under federal law, there is no justifiable reason for closing the memorial. On Tuesday, the National Park Service put up barricades around the … More

    Principled Stand of the U.S. with the Baltics Still Resonates Today

    Tomorrow, the leaders of Estonia, Latvia, and Lithuania will meet at the White House with President Barack Obama. The joint meeting provides an opportunity for the United States to reaffirm its commitment to its allies in Eastern Europe, specifically the Baltic States, which have continued to make significant strides towards … More

    Visiting Yasukuni War Memorial Stirs Controversy in Asia–Pacific

    August 15 marks the 68th anniversary of Japan’s surrender in World War II. It is also a day when some Japanese politicians pay respect to those who have died fighting in the service of Japan and whose souls they believe are housed at Yasukuni Shrine (literally translated “Shrine of a … More

    American Betrayal: How Enemies Within Harm the U.S.

    The topic of a recent Heritage event on American Betrayal: The Secret Assault on Our Nation’s Character, by noted author and columnist Diana West, was nothing less than a startling rewriting of American history since the 1930s. West’s book and her compelling presentation—which can be viewed on Heritage.org—deserve a wide … More

    Honoring the Greatest Generation

    Having enjoyed peace and stability since the end of World War II, it is often easy for Americans to forget a generation that sacrificed so much to defend these principles. Many veterans from that generation are still with us, but 800 die each day. An organization called Stars and Stripes … More

    Heritage to Screen "Honor Flight," Movie About World War II Heroes

    Last summer the heartwarming movie “Honor Flight” premiered before record-breaking crowd of 28,442 at Miller Park in Milwaukee. The film, which chronicles the lives and battlefield experiences of four living World War II veterans, is a powerful testament to a Midwest community’s effort to honor American heroes with a trip … More