Archive for July, 2013

The Dream Lives On, the Work Continues

The Dream Lives On, the Work Continues

It was a speech that the world cannot forget. On August 28, 1963, an estimated 250,000 people marched to the Lincoln Memorial in Washington where they heard Martin Luther King Jr. give a speech destined to resonate through the ages. In what became known as the “I Have a Dream” [...]

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Martin Luther King Jr.’s Address at 1963 March on Washington

Martin Luther King Jr.’s Address at 1963 March on Washington

The U.S. Department of State has been granted rights through December 31, 2013, by The King Center to the reprint and distribution of the following speech by U.S. embassies, U.S. consulates and department-affiliated institutions. Translation rights by permission only. Copyright notice must be included on all material. Download this speech [...]

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An American Story to Tell in Passchendaele

An American Story to Tell in Passchendaele

This time next year we will mark the centenary of World War I, the so-called “War to End All Wars” that wreaked havoc on the European continent and completely flattened a number of Belgian towns. Earlier this week, Embassy Staff and Interns travelled to Ypres, Belgium, a town in West [...]

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Our Annual Iftar

Our Annual Iftar

On July 10.2013, U.S. Ambassador  to Belgium Howard Gutman welcomed 150 teachers, community and religious leaders, diplomats, and friends to his home – and America’s home in Belgium – for an iftar, celebrating the start of the holy month of Ramadan. In his speech – one of the last he [...]

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U.S. National Parks Reflect America’s Spirit

U.S. National Parks Reflect America’s Spirit

In the United States, summer is the traditional time for vacations. The ways in which Americans spend their leisure hours are as diverse as the land and its people. One popular activity is visiting national parks. Since 1985, America has celebrated July as the nation’s official Park and Recreation Month. [...]

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Celebrating America’s Birthday

Celebrating America’s Birthday

In the spring of 1776, overwhelming support for independence swept through Britain’s thirteen North American colonies. Fiercely opposed to tyranny and taxation without representation imposed by their British colonizers, the colonies banded together and elected to take action in their struggle for freedom. On July 2, the colonies voted in [...]

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Patriotic Place Names Sometimes Display Patriotic Spirit

Patriotic Place Names Sometimes Display Patriotic Spirit

The Fourth of July holiday is coming up, and Americans all across the United States will be celebrating with all manner of patriotic events to commemorate the signing of the Declaration of Independence by the nation’s Founding Fathers on July 4, 1776. But expressions of patriotism don’t end with the [...]

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