We wouldn’t be in a position to extend “Happy Independence Day” wishes without the revolutionary efforts of many in 1776. It was a revolutionary year, and it is a good book.
Written by David McCullough, winner of the Pulitzer Prize, the book reads like a novel. We can all recite a few sentences, maybe a few paragraphs, about the year, and about the main character, the first among equals, George Washington. Reading this book immerses you in the times, the circumstances; the long odds and the weight of the outcomes.
In this stirring audiobook, David McCullough tells the intensely human story of those who marched with General George Washington in the year of the Declaration of Independence, when the whole American cause was riding on their success, without which all hope for independence would have been dashed and the noble ideals of the Declaration would have amounted to little more than words on paper.
Based on extensive research in both American and British archives, 1776 is the story of Americans in the ranks, men of every shape, size, and color, farmers, schoolteachers, shoemakers, no-accounts, and mere boys turned soldiers. And it is the story of the British commander, William Howe, and his highly disciplined redcoats, who looked on their rebel foes with contempt and fought with a valor too little known. But it is the American commander-in-chief who stands foremost: Washington, who had never before led an army in battle.
The darkest hours of that tumultuous year were as dark as any Americans have known. Especially in our own tumultuous time, 1776 is powerful testimony to how much is owed to a rare few in that brave founding epoch, and what a miracle it was that things turned out as they did.
Written as a companion work to his celebrated biography of John Adams, David McCullough’s 1776 is another landmark in the literature of American history.
2005 Publishers Weekly Listen Up Award, Nonfiction
“A first-rate historical account.” (Booklist)
“A narrative tour de force, exhibiting all the hallmarks the author is known for: fascinating subject matter, expert research, and detailed, graceful prose…. Simply put, this is history writing at its best from one of its top practitioners.” (Publishers Weekly)
“A stirring and timely work, reminding us that it’s soldiers rather than ‘tavern patriots and windy politicians’ who have always paid the price of American idealism and determined its successes. (The New York Times)
Happy Independence Day!
We wish all our clients, customers, associates, vendors, neighbors, friends and family a happy, healthy, safe Independence Day weekend. We encourage gratitude for the sacrifices of many, and hope for the future of all.
Thanks to our friend and vendor, Keith Klein of OnYourMark, LLC, for drafting this post and sharing it with us, so we could share it with you.
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U.S. government buildings, military posts and embassies will fly the flag at half-staff through Memorial Day weekend in memory of the nearly 100,000 people who have died of COVID-19, President Trump announced Thursday night. The decision comes after Democratic leaders in Congress sent a letter to the president requesting the gesture.
“I will be lowering the flags on all Federal Buildings and National Monuments to half-staff over the next three days in memory of the Americans we have lost to the CoronaVirus,” Trump said via Twitter.
Flags will be lowered from Friday through Sunday’s sunset. Trump added that flags will again be flown at half-staff on Monday to honor the men and women who died while serving in the U.S. military.
The national flag is dropped to half its normal height at times when the nation is in mourning or after a national tragedy. The U.S. is currently in the throes of a pandemic that has killed about 95,000 people in the country and derailed normal life for millions of people.
Wherever you find yourself on Monday, Memorial Day 2020, please take a moment to remember and honor those who died while serving our country.
American Society of Cytopathology group meet in Chicago
It was a great President’s Reception at the 63rd Annual Scientific Meeting of the American Society of Cytopathology Conference here in Chicago. I’ve exhibited at this event 7 or 8 times since 2001 and it’s always a great way to renew friendships with old customers and of course to meet with new ones. The Vyleater is already installed at over 40 labs to shred and drain ThinPrep and Surepath vials. These same labs are great places to operate the SlydEater to destroy their archived microscope slides. The weather’s been great in Chicago – even if it is November and the Giordano’s deep dish was just an extra bonus.
Madeline Griffith of S & G Enterprises Earns Healthcare Scholarship
As the second generation principal of this business – and a proud father – it gives me great pleasure to recognize a third generation associate – and my daughter – Madeline Griffith. Maddie helps in the office with whatever needs doing – but I always knew she was destined for big things.
Congratulations to 18-year-old Madeline Griffith, the first recipient of the Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin Medical Staff Scholarship! This scholarship is available to Milwaukee Public Schools seniors interested in pursuing a college degree toward a career in healthcare.
Yesterday, Madeline was honored by Dr. Michael Gutzeit, Chief Medical Officer, and Dr. Thomas Robey, Medical Staff President. Madeline Griffith is a recent graduate of Rufus King International School, and is attending UW-Madison this Fall.
You make us proud every day!
S&G Enterprises, Inc.
RAM FLAT® Compactors allow their users to significantly reduce their costs to dispose of hazardous and radioactive waste. This is done by reducing the volume of the waste by compacting the material right into the drum.
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Having problems getting rid of spent aerosol cans? Did you know that even if you think the can is empty, it is still considered hazardous waste?
For safe and quick disposal of aerosol cans, the Aerosolv is the only solution. The Aerosolv punctures the aerosol can and evacuates the contents into a 55-gallon drum. The liquid is collected in the drum ready for disposal, while a two-step filter that includes an activated charcoal stage for VOC’s adsorbs the propellants.
An all-in-one solution to eliminate the cost and hassle of microscope slide disposal!
The SlydEater is the first machine to exclusively pulverize glass slides and obliterate any identification affixed to those slides. The unrecognizable mound of glass dust can be tossed into regular trash, not in medical or red bag waste or expensive sharps containers.