Commentator Gary Joiner recalls visiting Vicksburg National Military Park in the 7th grade. It was life changing. That day he met military historian Edwin Cole Bearss whose footsteps he wanted to follow in, and so he did.
Commentator Gary Borders has a portrait of Sarah Knox Taylor, the daughter of Zachary Taylor, who was a career military officer during her lifetime and later became president. Sarah Knox Taylor is buried near St. Francisville, La., at Locust Grove State Historic Site.
With the 86th Academy Awards ceremony less than a week away, commentator Gary Joiner is pleased with the Oscar buzz surrounding "12 Years a Slave" that closely examines an undeniable chapter in American history.