This Week in History: Army Birthday, Flag Day, & the Battle of Bunker Hill

Happy Sunday! Attached is a summary of my “morning history” posts from this past week. For those who are interested, links to these posts can now be found on Pinterest, MeWe, a Facebook Group, and Tumblr, too. Enjoy and have a great week!

Monday, June 10

Medal of Honor Monday! During this week in 1944, Allied troops land on the beaches of Normandy, France. The D-Day invasion was underway! Did you know that four soldiers earned Medals of Honor that day? They came from a variety of backgrounds. One was a minor league baseball player. One was a salesman. One was the son of a President. FULL STORY: Permalink; Facebook; Instagram

Tuesday, June 11

On this day in 1741, a great Patriot is born. You may know him as the man who sent Paul Revere off on his ride, but he was far more than that. Dr. Joseph Warren was an active, charismatic leader who ultimately gave his life for the American cause. In doing so, he left his four young children behind as orphans. FULL STORY: Permalink; Facebook; Instagram

Wednesday, June 12

On or around this day in 1775, John Adams gives a speech before the Continental Congress, urging delegates to create a new, unified American army. His proposal was approved within a matter of days. A Continental Army—the predecessor to the United States Army—was born! FULL STORY: Permalink; Facebook; Instagram

Thursday, June 13

On this day in 1942, four Nazi saboteurs invade mainland America. They’d traveled across the Atlantic aboard a German submarine, coming ashore near Amagansett, New York. Another submarine carrying four more Nazis would soon land in Florida. These eight men were on a mission: They were supposed to sabotage railroads, bridges, water facilities, and factories. FULL STORY: Permalink; Facebook; Instagram

Friday, June 14

Happy Flag Day! Did you know that today’s holiday would not exist but for the actions of a 19-year old schoolteacher from Wisconsin? In other words, anyone, anywhere can make a difference. FULL STORY: Permalink; Facebook; Instagram

Saturday, June 15

On this day in 1775, George Washington was appointed Commander-in-Chief of the Continental Army. That army had been created only one day earlier. FULL STORY: Permalink; Facebook; Instagram

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Sunday, June 16

During this week in 1775, the Battle of Bunker Hill was fought. The battle was technically a British victory, but it proved to be a morale booster for Americans who discovered that they could hold their own against the renowned British army. FULL STORY: Permalink; Facebook; Instagram