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D-Day profile: Vito and Geraldine Pedone
D-Day profile: Vito and Geraldine Pedone

May 18, 2019 - Vito Pedone was the co-pilot in the lead Pathfinder C-47 on D-Day. Fifteen WWII C-47s with the D-Day Squadron are leaving tomorrow for Normandy to honor the 75th anniversary of D-Day on June 6, 2019.

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foe: noun;enemy, adversary; Find it in blue in today's top story!

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National Park profile: FDR MemorialNational Park profile: FDR Memorial
April 26, 2019 - The Franklin Delano Roosevelt Memorial in Washington DC is a beautiful outdoor tribute to the nation's 32nd president.

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  1. Why is Rosa Parks called the 'Mother of the Civil Rights Movement?
  2. What prepared Rosa for the action she took on Montgomery City Bus #2857 on Dec. 1, 1955?
  3. Why was the life Rosa led such a courageous one?

Douglas Brinkley, author of Rosa Parks: A Life, speaks at the Student News Net Symposium on Sept. 14, 2018..

Weekly VOCAB

Week of May 13

aviators: noun; men and women who learn to fly airplanes; pilot;
Women had WWII home front covered

buttresses: noun; stone or brick supports against a wall that are characteristic of Gothic architecture;
Notre Dame Cathedral will be rebuilt after fire

foe: noun; enemy, adversary;
D-Day profile: Vito and Geraldine Pedone

headwinds: noun; winds that blow directly at an airplane, a ship or in this context, migrating birds;
Migrating birds - and birders - facing headwinds

Today In History

May 19

1863: Library of Congress: General Ulysses S. Grant attempted to take the Confederate stronghold at Vicksburg, Mississippi. After making a daring run past Confederate batteries, Union naval forces joined troops several miles down river. Working together, they detained Confederate General Joseph E. Johnston in Jackson, preventing him from assisting General John C. Pemberton at Vicksburg.

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