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The first U.S. president set his own term limit

More than 200 years ago, George Washington voluntarily gave up the office of the presidency of the United States. Find out why the speech he gave announcing his departure is still so important that it is read aloud every year in the Senate.
Michael Phelps swimming butterfly-style (© AP Images)

Who’s carrying the U.S. flag at the Olympics?

Leading Team USA into the Opening Ceremony of the Olympic Games is a major honor. Look at the athletes who have paraded the flag for this big event.
Statue of Liberty (AP Images)

The world meets Lady Liberty…on this day

“I first saw you on the evening of May 4, 1909, from the deck of the immigrant ship that brought me from Norway. I...
Band marching in parade (© Getty Images/Linda Davidson/The Washington Post)

Marching to the beat of Martin Luther King [video]

For the young members of the Ballou High School marching band in Washington, the parade honoring Martin Luther King Jr. has special meaning.
Illustration of a man in a suit releasing a book in the air like a bird (State Dept./D. Thompson)

Academic freedom matters for everyone

Learn why academic freedom — the freedom to preserve truth and share information — is important to more than just professors and students.

Mississippi: Mansions, beaches, blues and ballet

Visiting the U.S.? Mississippi, a hub of agriculture, is also a place where culture and the arts flourish. Bikers and beach lovers will also have fun.
Formal garden with fountain and covered patio (Courtesy of Missouri Botanical Garden)

Ottoman garden traditions are alive in St. Louis

The Bakewell Ottoman Garden, part of the Missouri Botanical Garden in St. Louis, recreates the great gardening traditions of the Ottoman Empire.

American arts rich with Hispanic heritage

These eight great artists have drawn on their Latin American roots as well as American experiences to shape the artistic landscape.
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Americans mark September 11

See how Americans pay tribute to the nearly 3,000 people who lost their lives in the September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks.