This year presents two major anniversaries for Americans, 50 years apart: 200 years ago, we were engaged in the War of 1812, which some people regard as the American Revolution, Part 2. 150 years ago, we were fighting the American Civil War.
To put this in perspective, if your family came here to the land of opportunity before the Revolution started, then fought and survived it, their children and/or their grandchildren fought and survived the War of 1812, and their children and/or their granchildren fought in the War between the States, and their children and/or grandchildren fought in at least one of the two World Wars.
We are survivors, which is why Americans are a tough breed.
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