American History in Real LifeMovies in the past have often shown characters that were touched by historical events. Yet sometimes, the truth is often more fantastic than anything Hollywood can devise. These stories of real people show how the events of the past touched their lives. Some times the stories are dramatic, sometimes simple, but all in all they weave a tapesty of the richness of the American experience.
- The Great Divide – Real vs Fake Christmas Trees December 14, 2017
- Every year Santa came until 2015 December 5, 2017
- When Johnny Comes Marching…. November 14, 2017
- Speech Given at the First Annual Veterans Dinner at Finger Lakes Community College November 11, 2017
- At the Wall November 2, 2017
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Category Archives: Vietnam War
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