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Nine days after the British retreated from America in 1783, Gen. George Washington, commanding general of the Continental Army, gathered his officers at Fraunces Tavern — a New York City establishment. In his speech, he informed them that he would be resigning his commission and returning to civilian life in Mount Vernon, Virginia.

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Benjamin Franklin nailed it when he said, "Fatigue is the best pillow." True story, Benny. There's nothing like pushing your body so far past exhaustion that you'd willingly, even longingly, take a nap on a concrete slab.

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And no one knows that better than military service members and we have the pictures to prove it.

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On Sept. 19, 1796, Philadelphia's American Daily Advertiser published president George Washington’s farewell address. In the letter, Washington — who near the end of his second term announced his intention to decline a third term in public office — offered his thoughts, concerns, and hopes for the fledgling nation he helped create.

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