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"To Heal a Nation": Creating the Vietnam Wall

Author: James Reston Jr.

Jan Scruggs fought on multiple fronts to build the Vietnam Memorial, which was once derided as a “black gash” and “Orwellian glop.” His work inspired a nation and helped bring Americans together.

Escape from the Warsaw Ghetto

Author: Judy Batalion

Vladka Meed joined the Jewish resistance in the Warsaw Ghetto, eventually escaped, and helped hundreds of children survive Nazi roundups. 

“Catcher in the Rye” on D-Day

Author: Bruce Watson

J.D. Salinger carried a draft of his subsequently classic novel with him when he landed on the beach at Normandy.

George Washington Struggles with Slavery

Author: David O. Stewart

Our first president spoke about abolishing slavery, but couldn’t manage without the unpaid labor of hundreds of people at Mount Vernon.

Revenge of the Nevada

Author: Ed Offley

The recent discovery of the hull of the battleship Nevada recalls her dramatic action at Pearl Harbor and ultimate revenge on D-Day as the first ship to fire on the Nazis.

Herndon Climb Honors Heroism During Tragedy

Author: Gary Kinder

In an annual ritual, Naval Academy plebes must work together to climb a greased obelisk that honors the captain of the SS Central America.