United States - Scott #2593 (1992)

The U.S. Pledge of Allegiance

On June 22, 1942, the Pledge of Allegiance of the United States was formally adopted by U.S. Congress. The pledge is an expression of allegiance to the Flag of the United States and the republic of the United States of America. It was originally composed by Captain George Thatcher Balch, a Union Army Officer during the Civil War and later a teacher of patriotism in New York City schools. The … Continue reading The U.S. Pledge of Allegiance

New Hampshire Statehood

On June 21, 1788, New Hampshire ratified the Constitution of the United States and was admitted as the ninth state in the United States.  It is part of the New England region of the northeastern United States. The state is bordered by Massachusetts to the south, Vermont to the west, Maine and the Atlantic Ocean to the east, and the Canadian province of Quebec to the … Continue reading New Hampshire Statehood

West Virginia Statehood

On June 20, 1863, West Virginia was admitted as the 35th state of the United States of America. Located in the Appalachian Mountain range, the state covers an area of 24,229.76 square miles (62,754.8 km²), with 24,077.73 square miles (62,361.0 km²) of land and 152.03 square miles (393.8 km²) of water, making it the 41st largest state in the United States. West Virginia borders Pennsylvania and … Continue reading West Virginia Statehood

Dance of the Apsara Divinities

In Cambodia, dance (របាំ, robam in Khmer) consists of three main categories: Khmer classical dance, or Robam Preah Reach Trop, a highly stylized dance form originating from the royal court used for invocation, entertainment and to pay homage; folk dance which portrays cultural traditions; and social dances performed in social gatherings. Robam Tep Apsara (របាំទេពអប្សរា, literally, Dance of the Apsara Divinities) is the title of a … Continue reading Dance of the Apsara Divinities

Sweet Purple Mangosteen

Earlier this month, I stayed at a resort on the west coast of Phuket island, Thailand, as part of a three-day English camp with about 50 students. I think the owners of this particular hotel may have been from Singapore due to the sheer number of “No _____ Allowed” signs with accompanying fines, something not often seen in Thailand. I was particularly puzzled by a … Continue reading Sweet Purple Mangosteen

“Don’t Fire Until You See the Whites of Their Eyes”

The Battle of Bunker Hill was fought on June 17, 1775, during the Siege of Boston in the early stages of the American Revolutionary War. The battle is named after Bunker Hill in Charlestown, Massachusetts, which was peripherally involved in the battle. It was the original objective of both the colonial and British troops, though the majority of combat took place on the adjacent hill … Continue reading “Don’t Fire Until You See the Whites of Their Eyes”

National Palace of Antigua Guatemala

The National Palace of Antigua, or Palacio Nacional de Antigua, is located in the Central Square of Antigua, Guatemala. Antigua is a city in the central highlands of Guatemala famous for its well-preserved Spanish Baroque-influenced architecture as well as a number of ruins of colonial churches. It served as the capital of the Kingdom of Guatemala. It has been designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site. … Continue reading National Palace of Antigua Guatemala

Great Smoky Mountains National Park

On June 15, 1934, the Great Smoky Mountains National Park was established by the National Park Service. The United States National Park and UNESCO World Heritage Site straddles the ridgeline of the Great Smoky Mountains, part of the Blue Ridge Mountains, which are a division of the larger Appalachian Mountain chain. The border between Tennessee and North Carolina runs northeast to southwest through the centerline … Continue reading Great Smoky Mountains National Park