Ronald Reagan – Grace Under Pressure

Ronald Reagan survived an assassination attempt on this day in 1981, when he was leaving the Hilton Hotel in Washington, DC. Reagan inspired the country with his courage and humor, saying to the doctors about to perform surgery, “Please tell me you are all Republicans!”

Joshua Chamberlain, Hero of Gettysburg

​Good Morning! Joshua Chamberlain saved the Union Army at the Battle of Gettysburg. His regiment, the 20th Maine, held the army’s extreme flank and stopped repeated attacks by the 15th Alabama Infantry. He received the Medal of Honor for his leadership. Chamberlain went on to become a Major General and was badly wounded at the second Battle of Petersburg. Later, at Quaker Road, … Read More

The Battle of Los Angeles

​Good Morning! The Battle of Los Angeles took place in 1942 on this day, when hysteria gripped southern California. Anti-aircraft guns erupted over the city for several hours, periodically popping off at imagined Japanese air planes. You can read about it here.  The incident is not as ridiculous as it may sound to modern ears when you consider that 80,000 American and Filipino … Read More

Flag Raising On Mount Suribachi

A Marine Corps For The Next 500 Years…  ​Good Morning! United States Marines raised Old Glory on Iwo Jima on this day in 1945. You can read Joe Rosenthal’s account of the flag raising here. Rosenthal was the San Francisco native and photographer who won the Pulitzer Prize for this photo. It then became the key imagery for a war bond drive and … Read More

George Washington Born & Much More!

Good Morning! Today, is the birthday of history’s grand-daddy “G.O.A.T.”, George Washington! Sports fans know that “G.O.A.T.” means “greatest of all time”, bestowed after an athlete wins a championship or achieves a new record.Athletes should be celebrated, of course. Kids can learn from Tom Brady’s dedication, poise and pure grit. But most of the people whom the media crowns as … Read More

Doubling-Down On American Heroes & History

​Good Afternoon! This is our first daily TRUE HERO MISSIONS newsletter. Yes, we changed our name to “True Hero Missions” because, frankly, it was hard for people to remember “INVICTA Challenge”. Despite the new name, we have the same ambitious mission – to get kids and families reading, developing character and leadership skills, and building PRIDE IN AMERICAN HEROES AND HISTORY! When we … Read More

Leo Powers Medal of Honor

Leo Powers, Medal of Honor at Monte Cassino in World War II. He single-handedly took out three German machine gun nests. Honor & remember! #ushistory #WorldWar2 #USArmy #OnThisDay #ww2 #history #military