Tour one of America's most sacred places and explore its hallowed history in this powerful portrait
Snag Films and National Geographic presents a portrait of one of America’s most sacred places. Once little more than a potter’s field, Arlington National Cemetery has become a national shrine and treasury of American history. Now, discover how this revered site came to be, and how it serves as the final resting place for both the famous and obscure, from John F. Kennedy to the Unknown Soldier. Through rare archival footage and captivating, true-life accounts, experience the moving stories of heroes and heroines and witness the daily activities and official rituals of the dedicated staff who strive to honor those who are laid to rest here. From fallen soldiers and daring explorers to political leaders and other honored Americans, the hallowed history of Arlington reveals a powerful portrait of this iconic and venerated landmark.
(Note: this documentary is available for viewing only in the US)
USO legend Bob Hope performs for Troops in Sicily on a 1943 USO Tour. (Photo reprinted by the USO with permission from the Bob Hope Collection.)
One hundred seven years ago today, Leslie Townes Hope was born in England. You might know him better as Bob. Yes, it’s Bob Hope’s birthday and we’re celebrating by bringing you this special poem, which salutes all of those who have supported the USO and our Troops…
Throughout its noble history
the USO has been there
for America’s brave, honorable ones
who answered our beloved country’s call
on behalf of us all,
standing proudly tall
defending the home of the brave,
and keeping the USA
the land of the free
with oh so many in harm’s way.
The USO has gone and continues to go
with patriotic volunteer entertainers
from legends to new star faces
bringing enjoyable reprieve
to our troops near and far away,
with a message of appreciation, respect, and support
for their valiant duty to country!
The USO truly exemplifies
love and pride of America,
as does all the involved celebrity patriots
with a special salute to those being there
whenever asked like… Bob Hope, Wayne Newton,
Martha Raye, Ann-Margret, Gary Sinise, and Toby Keith.
Thanks for the memories
that you brought to every American troop!
by David G. Bancroft, Founder of USA Patriotism!
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