Statue of George Washington in the US Capitol

Washington’s Birthday Holiday Honors First President

Americans long have honored George Washington, commander of the United States armies in the War of Independence, first president of the United States, and “first in the hearts of his countrymen.” During the Revolutionary War, Washington’s small band of soldiers faced a well-equipped professional army, but he led his often ragged forces to victory in the face of incredible hardships.

Great Seal of the United States

Cultural Connections in Wales

Other Online Resources Cadw: Days Out in Wales North American Association for the Study of Welsh Culture and History Swansea University Milne Collection  (one of the largest collections of literature on the American Civil War in the UK) Swansea University Texas Partnership (ongoing collaboration & partnership with several universities in Texas) Wales and the USA Wales International  Welsh and Successful

Great Seal of the United States

Cultural Connections in London

The following sites of interest are all in or around London and the City of London. Other areas of interest include : Cultural Connections in Scotland Cultural Connections in Northern Ireland Cultural Connections in Wales Grosvenor Square History of the U.S.-UK Relationship   All Hallows by the Tower Church Located near the Tower of London, All Hallows is the oldest Church

Fireworks in the night sky

An Overview of U.S. Holidays

The United States, like other nations, sets aside a number of days each year to commemorate events, people or public occasions. These holidays typically are marked by a general suspension of work and business activity, and by public and/or religious ceremonies. [See: Holidays observed by the U.S. Embassy & Consulates in the UK] Technically, the United States does not celebrate

Martin Luther King with hand on boy's shoulder at head of line of demonstrators in street (© AP Images)

Martin Luther King Jr. Day: A Time to Serve Others

The Reverend Martin Luther King Jr., who is remembered in the United States on the third Monday of January each year, is perhaps best known as America’s chief spokesman for nonviolent activism as a result of his leadership role in the U.S. civil rights movement. Born on January 15, 1929, King, a Baptist minister, devoted his life to ensuring equal

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