Flags Waving In The Wind

Coming from military families I definitely appreciate the service. We have enjoyed so much freedom for so long that we are perhaps in danger of forgetting how much blood it cost to establish the Bill of Rights. ~ Felix Frankfurter ~ “We owe you an enormous debt of gratitude for keeping us free.” Thank you for your service to our country.

A military band welcomes guests to an evening at Catherine Palace near St. Petersburg, Russia. The Catherine Palace (Russian: Екатерининский дворец) is a Rococo palace located in the town of Tsarskoye Selo (Pushkin), 25 km southeast of St. Petersburg, Russia. It was the summer residence of the Russian tsars. The residence originated in 1717, when Catherine I of Russia hired German architect Johann-Friedrich Braunstein to construct a summer palace. In 1733, Empress Elizabeth expanded the Catherine Palace, but then demolished the old structure and replaced it with a much grander edifice in a flamboyant Rococo style.

A soldier in a 19th century uniform stands guard at an entrance to the Catherine Palace at Tsarskoye Selo (Pushkin), in the Russian Federation, near St. Petersburg.

“Changing of the Guard in Lima, Peru” by Catherine Sherman. A guard takes his position as his predecessor marches away at the Government Palace in Lima, Peru. Guards perform a ceremony as they change at the building, which is the president of Peru’s official residence. Known as the Government Palace of Peru and also the House of Pizarro, the Peruvian government headquarters was built in 1535 over a huge Indian burying ground Waka that had a shrine of Indian chief Taulichusco.


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