Veterans Day Honors Those Who Served in U.S. Military

November 11 is Veterans Day in the United States, and parades, ceremonies and tributes to veterans are planned in small towns and large cities throughout the country to honor those who have served in the U.S. military. This year, as always, the memorial amphitheater built around the Tomb of the Unknowns in Arlington Cemetery, just ...
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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 national holidays, but Congress has ...
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Memorial Day Holiday Honors American War Dead

The Memorial Day holiday celebrated by Americans on the last Monday of May represents for many the unofficial beginning of summer. Many will travel over the long holiday weekend to seek out friends and family, beaches and amusement parks. But most will pause at some point to recall the holiday’s true purpose: honoring those who ...
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Americans Celebrate Christmas with Many Traditions

Christmas, celebrated by most Christians on December 25, commemorates the birth of Jesus of Nazareth. Americans, like many of the world’s peoples, have developed their own Christmas traditions and observances, and these have changed greatly over time. Today, most Americans blend religious and secular customs with their own family traditions, often incorporating food, decorations and ...
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Memorial Day weekend 2016 at Cambridge American Cemetery

When you go home:  Tell them for us and say “For your tomorrow  We gave our today”. John Maxwell Edmonds The Cambridge American Cemetery honours the competence, courage and sacrifice of the Americans who, as part of the ‘friendly invasion’, served in the UK during World War II. Interpretive displays, photographs, film and interactive kiosks ...
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Freedom of Information in the U.S.A. (FOIA)

The Freedom of Information Act, As Amended is the legislation which provides for the release by U.S. government departments and agencies of certain categories of information on request. Since its original enactment in 1966 more than 500,000 requests have been filed by members of the public, reporters, and companies. Foreign citizens may also file requests. Similarly the Department of Justice and ...
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Magna Carta, 1776 and All That

Ambassador Matthew W. Barzun British Library London, UK AMBASSADOR BARZUN: Good evening … And thank you for that generous introduction, Roly. What an honor it is for me to give the Douglas W. Bryant Lecture, especially on its 20th anniversary. What Roly didn’t say about Doug Bryant was that he lived in the Massachusetts town right ...
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The old American Embassy London Chancery Building

As of January 2018 the U.S. Embassy in London is now located in a new building in Nine Elms . History The United States has been associated with Grosvenor Square in London’s Mayfair since the late eighteenth century when John Adams, the first United States Minister to the Court of St. James’s, lived from 1785 to 1788 in the house ...
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The Electoral College

The Electoral College was created by the framers of the U.S. Constitution as an alternative to electing the president by popular vote or by Congress. Each state elects the number of representatives to the Electoral College that is equal to its number of Senators—two from each state—plus its number of delegates in the House of ...
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United States Announces Winner of New London Embassy Design Competition

23 February 2010 U.S. Embassy London Press Office U.S. Ambassador to the United Kingdom, Louis B. Susman, and Acting Director of the Bureau of Overseas Buildings Operations, Adam Namm, announced today that KieranTimberlake of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania has won the design competition for the New London Embassy. [See: High-resolution images and video ] KieranTimberlake’s design met the goal of creating a modern, welcoming, timeless, ...
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