4th of July
"the Second Day of July, 1776, will be the most memorable Epocha, in the History of America. I am apt to believe that it will be celebrated, by succeeding Generations, as the great anniversary festival. It ought to be solemnized with Pomp and Parade, with Shews, Games, Sports, Guns, Bells, Bonfires and Illuminations from one end of this continent to the other from this time forward forever more"
Amazing words that still hold true today.
So what do you have planned?
A quiet day for Mr. and me, pork steaks on the grill.
Saturday the twins have a big party and this year will be spectacular!
They have a profession firework company coming!
It will be good for Mr. and I to get away.
What does the 4th mean to you?
It reminds me of my HS days and 1976
I keep thinking my 1976 mementos will be valuable someday, you think?
My mind turns to 2 men who fought for our right to celebrate this day.
Revolutionary War Veteran of 7 years and
my 3rd Great Grandfather
buried at our family cemetery
He met my GGGGrandmother at a party her Uncle was holding for George Washington.
Hard to believe they ended up on the Illinois Prairie
The other is Adam Mitchell my 4th Great Grandfather
His farm turned into the Battle of Guilford Courthouse
He was captured by the British and held in a pig pen
while his family hid in the spring house
as depicted in my cousins book
That is my 3rd GGrandfather sitting on the rock
The story is in what happened in that Spring House.
A British soldier found them, my 5th Great Grandmother sitting on her trunk
with the family pewter and family bible.
Margaret Mitchell told the soldier "you can burn my home but I am not getting off this trunk"
They were not getting her pewter to melt down or the family bible
So the story continues
I am happy to say at our reunion there it will be
see the date Feb 1767
when Adam was married
my mind goes back to the Spring House with Margaret sitting on that trunk..........
232 years after that battle.
246 years after it was first written in.
We will celebrate our heritage and our
Patriot ancestors in 2 weeks
I think John Adams, Adam Mitchell and William Galbreath would be pleased.