My Mission

I firmly believe that our first duty as Americans and people of the world is to remember the sacrifices of others. Sports broadcasting gave me my voice. Now, I’m using that voice and all of the skills that I have learned to honor the heroes of history. By eternalizing the stories of these individuals, I hope that I can remind everyone why we should never take anything in this life for granted. As time goes on, this website will serve as a resource for all generations to understand why we must always honor the ultimate symbols of our freedom.   



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Recent Posts



The New York State Fallen Firefighters Memorial

I have written before about the various monuments and memorials that can be found at the Governor Nelson A. Rockefeller Empire State Plaza in Albany, New York. This beautiful area that serves as the seat of government for New York State also pays a beautiful tribute to the past. One of these sites of remembrance is the New York State Fallen Firefighters Memorial, which can be found between the Justice Department and the Egg on the Empire State Plaza. The New York State Firefighters Memorial was built to honor the men and women of the fire service who have lost their lives in the line of duty in the Empire State since 1811. Dedicated in 1988, the memorial includes a bronze statue backed by a

Empire State Plaza: George Washington Statue

The Governor Nelson A. Rockefeller Empire State Plaza in Albany, New York serves as the seat of government for New York State. While decisions made here dictate the future of New Yorkers, these grounds also offer a tribute to the past. I experienced this first hand when I visited the beautiful New York State World War II Memorial in May. In my return visit, I had the chance to visit a number of other sites of remembrance and tribute on the Empire State Plaza. As someone who cherishes every word ever uttered by George Washington, I was thrilled to visit his statue near the Capitol building in Albany. The life-size bronze cast of Washington stands in the plaza in front of the Legislative Offic

Fort Trumbull State Park

I recently had the pleasure of exploring Fort Trumbull in New London, Connecticut. The fort has its origins in the American Revolution and was attacked by British troops under the command of General Benedict Arnold on September 6, 1781. This action was part of the Battle of Groton Heights, which was largely fought on the opposite side of the Thames River at Fort Griswold in Groton, Connecticut. Earlier this summer, I visited Fort Griswold and documented my experience there. It’s also important to note that the Revolutionary era fortifications no longer exist at Fort Trumbull. The current version of Fort Trumbull was built between 1839 and 1852. This fortification is part of a group of 42 for

The Battle of Mons

On August 23, 1914, the British Expeditionary Force made its World War I combat debut against German troops over the 60 foot-wide Mons Canal in Belgium. This was the first confrontation on European soil for British soldiers since the Battle of Waterloo nearly 99 years earlier in 1815. At the Battle of Mons, four divisions of the British Expeditionary Force, commanded by Sir John French relentlessly fought against the German 1st Army. French's BEF was originally meant to assist the French 5th Army, who were attempting to break through the center of the German advance. Due to poor communication by Sir John French and General Charles Lanrezac of the French 5th Army, British and French troops we

George Washington's Solar Eclipse

On Monday August 21, 2017, the world was entranced by one of nature’s most marvelous sights – an eclipse of the sun. Everyone in North America was able to gaze upon a partial solar eclipse. According to NASA, a partial solar eclipse is “where the moon covers part of the sun’s disk.” The partial solar eclipse was also visible in parts of South America, Africa, and Europe. Additionally, a total solar eclipse was visible in the continental United States for the first time in 38 years. The concept of a solar eclipse has fascinated the minds of our world for centuries. This includes the definitive founding father of America, George Washington. According to George Washington's Mount Vernon, there

National Airborne Day

On August 16, 1940, the first official Army parachute jump was performed at Fort Benning, Georgia. To recognize this important date and to honor our nation’s airborne divisions of the Armed Forces, National Airborne Day is observed annually on August 16. The strategy behind deploying airborne forces is to insert troops behind a battle line by parachute. Paratroopers have played a major role in United States military history since the first successful parachute jump in 1940. Paratroopers from the 101st Airborne Division litter the sky during an airborne operation of the Second World War. (Photo: U.S. Army) The 101st Airborne Division, nicknamed "The Screaming Eagles" are one of the most deplo

National Navajo Code Talkers Day

In 1982, President Ronald Reagan designated August 14 as National Navajo Code Talkers Day. On this date, we honor the incredible sacrifices made by men of the Navajo Nation in serving as radio Code Talkers in the Marine Corps during World War II. These Code Talkers participated in every assault conducted by the Marines in the Pacific from 1942 to 1945. According to the United States Marine Corps, "The Navajo code is the only spoken military code to have never been deciphered." The Navajo language played a major role in the ultimate allied victory in the Pacific theatre of World War II. People's World writes, "Navajo was spoken only on the Navajo lands of the American Southwest. It's syntax a

A Difficult Weekend for America

It's hard to find the words to express my sadness about the events that have transpired in Charlottesville, Virginia over the weekend. These are difficult times for our nation, but the American spirit is capable of extraordinary things and I believe that together we will overcome these challenges. My heart aches for the families of Pilot Lt. H. Jay Cullen and Trooper-Pilot Berke M.M. Bates, the Virginia State Police troopers who were killed in a helicopter crash while trying to deliver backup to Charlottesville. Heather D. Heyer was also killed when a car rammed into a crowd protesting a white supremacist rally. Heyer was not afraid to stand up against this evil and we must never forget her

National Book Lovers Day

Today, National Book Lovers Day is being celebrated around the internet. People have taken to platforms like Twitter to share their love of reading and their favorite books. When the U.S. Army posted on Twitter and asked people to list some of their favorite military books, one piece of work came to mind immediately for me. You could spend a lifetime reading all the great works pertaining to military history, but my absolute favorite in this genre is 1776 by David McCullough. 1776 tells the story of arguably the most important year in American history. This was the year of the birth of our nation and one of unimaginable difficulty for George Washington and his inexperienced, under-equipped a

Blood & Fury: America's Civil War

Blood and Fury: America's Civil War is a six-part series from the American Heroes Channel that tell the stories of some of the biggest battles from the Civil War. Each episode accomplishes this by showing detailed re-enactments, weaving in commentary from historians, and focusing on individual accounts of the men who fought in these battles. This is a clip about the elite soldiers that formed Berdan's Sharpshooters from Episode 4: Battle of Gettysburg. (YouTube: American Heroes Channel) The emphasis on the individual is an incredibly powerful storytelling technique that helps to highlight the details of these larger than life battles. One of the accounts that captured my attention the most w

The 75th Anniversary of the Battle of Guadalcanal

The Battle of Guadalcanal, codenamed Operation Watchtower was the first major offensive and decisive victory for the Allies in the Pacific theatre of World War II. This campaign lasted from August 7, 1942 until February 9, 1943 and every branch of the United States military participated in it. 13 members of the Army, Navy, and Marine Corps were awarded the Medal of Honor for valor at Guadalcanal. Once captured and cleared, Guadalcanal became a launching point for the U.S. military as it embarked on an "island-hopping" campaign fighting their way to the Japanese mainland.

The Only Medal of Honor Recipient in the Coast Guard's 227 Years of History

Today the United States Coast Guard celebrates its 227th birthday. On August 4, 1790, the first Congress authorized the construction of 10 vessels to enforce tariff and trade laws, prevent smuggling, and protect the collection of federal revenue. Over time, the Coast Guard has gained additional responsibilities such as fulfilling humanitarian duties and helping mariners in distress. To this date, only one Coast Guardsman has earned the Medal of Honor. On September 27, 1942, Signalman First Class Douglas Munro was killed while saving hundreds of Marines during the Battle of Guadalcanal. He was posthumously awarded the Medal of Honor by President Franklin D. Roosevelt for his heroic actions. A

This Is Why We Stand: Sports Vault Spotlight

Sports have been a big part of my life. It was my experience in sports broadcasting that led me to create This Is Why We Stand. While the focus of this platform and my mission will always be on honoring the heroes of history, I'm excited to announce a new component. To show more of my work and flexibility, I have decided to create This Is Why We Stand: Sports Vault Spotlight. This new component will bring my passion for sports to this website. A highlight video of my time covering the New York Giants for 104.5 The Team ESPN Radio Albany during the 2015/16 season. I love to tell stories and sports is certainly filled with plenty of tales to tell. I hope everyone enjoys the additional content

Mystic, Connecticut: The Soldiers' Monument

I have been visiting Mystic, Connecticut my entire life. There is so much history in this area that I always try to take some time to explore. One such example is the Soldiers' Monument that was erected in 1883 to honor Mystic's Civil War Veterans. The front face of the monument reads, "Dedicated to the brave sons of Mystic who offered their lives to their country in the war of the rebellion, 1861-1865." Four major battles from the Civil War are listed on each side of the monument. The front face lists the Battle of Antietam, the northwest face lists the Battle of Port Hudson, and the northeast face lists the Battle of Gettysburg. The Battle of Drury's Bluff is the final engagement that is l

This Is Why We Stand: James C. McCloughan

On July 31, 2017, United States Army veteran James C. McCloughan was awarded the Medal of Honor in a ceremony at the White House. McCloughan was 23 years old at the time of the action that earned him the Medal of Honor. On May 13-15, 1969, he was serving as a combat medic in the Vietnam War. During 48 hours of intense close combat fighting against enemy forces, McCloughan voluntarily risked his life on nine separate occasions to save wounded and stranded comrades. He is credited with saving the lives of 10 brothers-in-arms.

U.S. Army Veteran James C. McCloughan Is Awarded the Medal of Honor

On July 31, 2017, United States Army veteran James C. McCloughan was awarded the Medal of Honor by President Donald J. Trump in a ceremony at the White House. This marked the first time that Trump presented the U.S. Military’s highest decoration for valor in combat. With his family, former comrades, and fellow Medal of Honor recipients on hand, the moment belonged to Specialist Five James McCloughan. During the Medal of Honor ceremony, McCloughan salutes the Vietnam veterans that he served with in 1969. (Photo: U.S. Army) McCloughan was 23 years old at the time of the action that earned him the Medal of Honor. On May 13-15, 1969, he was serving as a combat medic with Company C, 3rd Batallion



I will use my skills to help anyone that I can. No one will be forgotten and no place is out of reach. 


From a very young age I have understood that my place in this world is the result of sacrifices made by others. My passion for Military history helped to fuel that belief and has been a constant in my life ever since. .


I have been fortunate enough to have worked for the New York Giants, Madison Square Garden, & ESPN Radio Albany. I have hosted my own sports talk show called, The Sports Vault for over 5 years. These experiences continue to enhance my creative capabilities. 


Nothing brings me more joy than sharing my mission with others. Whether it's in front of a camera, microphone, or classroom, I am open to every form of communication. .



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