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November 20th
Mottos and Watchwords of Some Who Defend Us
The various branches of the military and many military units have mottos that sum up their missions. The slogans speak volumes about the character of the men and women who serve in uniform. Here are a few of the mottos – some official, some unofficial – of those who defend us.

Army – This We’ll Defend

NavyNon sibi sed patriae (Not for self, but for country)

Air Force – Above All

Marine CorpsSemper Fidelis (Always Loyal)

Coast GuardSemper Paratus (Always Prepared)

National Guard – Always ready, always there

U.S. Military Academy (West Point) – Duty, Honor, Country

U.S. Naval AcademyEx Scientia Tridens (From Knowledge, Sea Power)

U.S. Coast Guard AcademyScientiae Cedit Mare (The sea yields to knowledge)

Green BeretsDe Oppresso Liber (To liberate the oppressed)

Army RangersSua Sponte (Of Their Own Accord) and Rangers Lead the Way

Army Corps of EngineersEssayons (Let us try)

Navy Seals – The only easy day was yesterday

SeabeesConstruimus, Batuimus (We Build, We Fight) and Can Do!

American History Parade
Peregrine White, the first child born of English parents in New England, is born aboard the Mayflower off Cape Cod.

New Jersey becomes the first state to ratify the Bill of Rights.

The Nantucket whaler Essex is attacked and sunk by a sperm whale in the South Pacific, an event that helps inspire Herman Melville to write Moby Dick.

One of the bloodiest battles in Marines Corps history begins on Tarawa Atoll in the Pacific; the U.S. prevails, but at a cost of approximately 1,000 dead.

Flying a Douglas Skyrocket at Edwards Air Force Base, California, Scott Crossfield becomes the first pilot to break Mach 2.
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