Happy D-Day

And Crispin Crispian shall ne’er go by, From this day to the ending of the world, But we in it shall be remembered— We few, we happy few, we band of brothers; For he today that sheds his blood with me Shall be my brother; be he ne’er so vile, This day shall gentle his…

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Return to “Wonderland”

Finally, after two years of pandemic-imposed absence, a day spent researching at the National Archives in College Park (a.k.a. “Wonderland”)!  Working with the archivists to build the foundation for a follow-on to Advocating Overlord felt like beginning again.  The pandemic has not kept me idle completely, however.  For unrelated reasons, over a couple of months…

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A Community of Free Nations

A coincidence almost surely, but within it a profoundly appropriate symbol of united resolve today to protect a Europe whole and free.  Some of the aircraft transporting U.S. forces to reinforce NATO’s eastern flank – not to start a war, but to protect free peoples – bore the black and white identification stripes of D-Day…

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Eat Local Read Local Book Fair

Cascade Library’s “Eat local Read Local” book fair returns on Saturday to Loudon County, VA,  October 16, from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Address is 21030 Whitfield Place, Potomac Falls, VA 20165. There’s a website for the event at http://www.library.loudon.gov/ELRL Many authors selling their books, food trucks, music by the Crown Jewels, and a free…

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Remembering 9/11

Remembering my classmate, Susan Getzendanner killed in the collapse of the World Trade Center, and all the victims of 9/11 on that terrible day and over the twenty years that have followed. May God be with them all and with us. Phil PadgettPhilip Padgett examines history by applying skills developed during 40 years of national…

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Happy Birthday, FDR!

Happy birthday, FDR!  You would recognize our times.  Be certain of this: as we did in your time, we shall prevail again! President Franklin D. Roosevelt celebrates with Harry Hopkins and Admiral William Leahy aboard Pan American Airway’s flying boat, the Dixie Clipper, January 30, 1943, en route to meeting Churchill in Casablanca. (Signal Corps…

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Our Face to the World

Now begins the rebuilding of American leadership in the world.  The right words are being said and the Biden foreign policy team is skilled and experienced.  No one, however, should underestimate the difficulty of their task.  Their success abroad depends on our success at home. As my manuscript for Advocating Overlord neared completion in 2017,…

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Liberation Then and Now

The metaphor keeps unfolding in the coincidence of the U.S. presidential election and the run-up to the 250th anniversary of the birth of Ludwig van Beethoven, December 16.  On Election Day, I think I heard our local classical music station play Beethoven’s 5th Symphony three times, even though I wasn’t paying close attention.  Soaring and…

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First Atomic Detonation – 75 Years Ago Today

Trinity, the first test of an atomic bomb, forever changed our world at Alamogordo, New Mexico, at 0530 local time 75 years ago today, July 16.  Although the first to be detonated, yielding 18.6 kilotons, Trinity was not the first atomic bomb. That bomb, Little Boy, was secured aboard the cruiser U.S.S. Indianapolis which departed…

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Remembering D-Day In a Time of National Crisis

Today, June 6, 2020, as thousands gather in Washington to exercise their Constitutional right to assemble peaceably to petition their government for redress of grievance – terrible, deeply justified grievance – the Washington Post published this editorial. I commend it to you. “On the anniversary of D-Day, a reminder of true leadership” By The Washington…

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