THEY GUARD OUR SHORES
The Navy was called on to guard our shores against German submarines (U boats) that threaten to keep men and supplies from reaching the Western Front in support of the Allied armies that were defending France an Britain against the Axis powers. In addition they defended the American shoreline from the anticipated threats of invasion from Germany.
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THE SUPER-DREADNOUGHT “PENNSYLVANIA” PASSING UP THE EAST RIVER
In 1898 the United States Navy defeated the Spanish naval forces in Manila, Philippines to become a major military factor on the waters of the world. Between 1898 and 1917 the United States embarked on a “modernization” of its warships and by our entrance into World War I we were considered the second most powerful naval force in the world.
Many of the American warships were built in the naval yards in Philadelphia and New York. Their construction created a large industry which employed tens of thousands of workers in this area. The United States economy was booming because of all the supplies and materials needed for the upcoming war effort.
THE LIGHT THAT NEVER FAILS
The light that welcomed people to America for the past 25 years plus was now going to be turned on to support the Allies in their quest to defeat the “dreaded hun”
America was gifted this 305 foot tower from France in 1885-6. It stood in the harbor of New York and became one of the most famous landmarks in the world. It became a symbol of peace, strength and friendship.
Before the Statue of Liberty graced our shores, the female symbol representing America was Columbia. Today people only know Columbia as a symbol of a Movie studio (Columbia pictures) and maybe the “C” in the CBS television. Few people associate her with her “home” Washington D.C. (DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA). In future editions you will be allotted the opportunity to meet her again (for the first time).
THE AMERICAN WAY