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In October 1944, as the American army pushed eastward toward the Rhine, they approached the French city of Metz. This strategically-vital city, close to the German border, was surrounded by a network of fortifications that dated back several centuries and was key terrain in the earlier wars of 1870 and WWI. Hitler declared it a Festung (fortress) city to be defended at all costs. Among others, the men of the 95th Infantry Division were tasked with retaking the city and the forts, which they did after heavy fighting. The German commanding general, Lt.-Gen. Heinrich Kittel, who was captured by men of the Division’s 377th Infantry Regiment, said the men who took the city must have been made of Iron, resulting in its nickname, ‘the Iron Men of Metz.’

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“There is something about the outside of a horse that is good for the inside of a man.” - Winston S. Churchill

 

It’s true. For many of us, just being in the presence of these huge, gentle animals brings our blood pressure down, makes our stresses recede and makes us feel a bit more grounded and calm. This was apparent to Army infantry veteran Steven Baldwin; back in 2014, he took his two horses and founded Front Range Ranch and Rescue on 33 leased acres south of Fort Collins, Colorado.

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MS Walk Custom Hand-Held FlagsFor over a decade, thousands of people have been participating in Challenge Walk MS. This unique experience offers participants the chance to embrace a personal challenge of spirit and strength, while making an important difference in the lives of people with MS. Challenge Walk MS takes place in Savannah, GA; Cambridge, MD; St. Louis, MO; San Diego, CA; Green Lake, WI; and Cape Cod, MA, and most events are 50 miles over three days. This endurance walk is dedicated to fundraising for the National Multiple Sclerosis Society, with a minimum fundraising level for each walk. 

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Unusual State Flags

Ever see a state flag that really catches your eye and makes you wonder what the story behind it might be? At Carrot-Top, we thought it’d be fun to do a completely subjective, unscientific roundup of unusual and memorable U.S. state flags. Here are our results.

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Sheboygan, Wisconsin Flagpole

High above Sheboygan, WI is the tallest flagpole in the United States. The flagpole was erected in 2014 by Acuity Insurance, after their old flagpole toppled over as a result of years of stress and high winds.

 

Acuity’s flagpole is 400 feet tall; not surprisingly, building such a huge flagpole is a major engineering challenge. Structural stability and maintainability have to be calculated carefully before the project even begins.

 

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