Adam Erby, Assistant Curator of Fine and Decorative Arts at George Washington's Mount Vernon, provides an overview of the new Gardens & Groves exhibit opening at Mount Vernon on February 22, 2014. Learn more about George Washington's influence on the landscape at Mount Vernon and more about what you can see within this exciting new exhibit. More at mountvernon.org/gardensandgroves
Sixty-nine years ago, on April 12, 1945, , just weeks into his fourth term of office, President Franklin D. Roosevelt passed away. Many Americans had known no other president. Bill, an 11-year-old growing up in Texas, reflects on his father’s reaction to the death of the man who led his nation through the Great Depression and World War II.
In this clip from Bill’s 2009 interview with Jane Goodall, the primatologist known for her research on chimpanzees talks about how her spirituality grew while spending time alone in nature, the limits of science and her mother’s role in developing her beliefs. (See the full interview.)
Standing fierce in the face of an overwhelming enemy, these Veterans answered the call -- drafted or volunteered -- as America needed its guardians of freedom, and they were there.
The U.S. Government has never formally recognized the Cold War or its veterans.
"Many Americans died in operations that remain even to this day unacknowledged that entailed heroism and loss that have yet to be revealed to a grateful nation. We should remember and honor those who sacrifice is brought about a victorious conclusion to the Cold War, to the enormous betterment of the United States and the world"
Dr. Donald C. Winter
Secretary of the Navy October 2006
Because a considerable part of the Cold War was covert, 20 million veterans served without fanfare or appreciation.
Cold War Veterans have been denied respect, remembrance, and recognition for too long.
It is past time for our country to say "Thank you".
We are here to change that. By awarding a Cold War Service Medal to Veterans, they shall no longer be ignored.
We are asking for your help and would like you to write, email or call to request that President Obama honor his pledge to Cold War Veterans and use an Executive Order to create this medal, finally recognizing these deserving veterans.
Call the President -
Visitor's Office: 202-456-2121
Write a letter to the President
The White House
1600 Pennsylvania Avenue NW
Washington, DC 20500
By Web: whitehouse.gov/contact/submit-questions-and-comments
Music By: Two Steps From Hell - "Heart of Courage" (Extended Version)
One of the problems with the Cold War Victory Medal Act of 2007, 2008, 2009, 2011 and 2012 is that DOD believes this medal would duplicate other service medals or would cost too much to research or distribute. This is totally off the mark. This would do just what the piece says, Honor those who served during the Cold War. Publicly thank them for their service and show them appreciation for putting an end to the Cold War and possibly preventing World War III.
It actually has nothing to do with the medal. It has everything to do with acknowledgement and historic recognition. When our beloved teachers cover the Cold War in less than an hour in High School History class, that's a problem.
Please ask the President to approve this.
Honor our Veterans!