Pioneers and Patriots

Pioneers and Patriots

Grandpa Doug here, coming to you from a cabin on the Cane Ridge, near Paris, Kentucky where there are near 40 young pioneers participating in the 2016 version of Vacation Bible School.  Life on the frontier in the early 19th Century makes for a lot of things to learn: hunting deer, squirrel and bear for meat, foraging for nuts and wild fruits and berries, making and baking bread, collecting sap to make maple syrup, “borrowing” honey from a beehive, Sitting astride your horse on the way to town, awaiting a visit from the Circuit Rider (preacher) to hear some Bible, sing a song or two and share in the Lord’s Supper, not to mention the wedding on the front porch of the neighbor’s cabin or the baptism down in the creek and a visit to the cemetery to say a prayer over the graves of those who have passed on since his last visit.

By the time you read this, we will have concluded VBS for this year. We will have celebrated Independence Day on July 4, as well.  Diane’s sister enjoys it as both her birthday and the National holiday.  My sister, Diane, celebrates her birthday on another National holiday, November 11, Armistice Day, later known as Veterans’ Day and finally as Armed Forces Day.  My brother-in-law, Don, celebrates his birth on April Fool’s Day…and, NO, I am not going to make a joke about it, at this time!  I don’t know what it would be like to celebrate my birthday on a holiday (although I have done it back when we used to recognize Columbus Day and it fell just right), but I imagine it has emotional pluses and minuses.

Independence Day is emotional enough on its own.  It is a day to remember the freedoms and rights we have as citizens of this nation.  We remember the Patriots who chose to risk their property, livelihoods and very lives to deny the rule of England here in America.  We also remember all those who have served their country and protected that liberty and those rights of citizenship.  If you have ever been to a battlefield from the Revolutionary War, Civil War or one of the World Wars or any war, there is something about the reverence that overwhelms people in places like: Fallujah, Khafji, Hamburger Hill, Khe Sanh, Pearl Harbor/U.S.S. Arizona Memorial in Hawaii, the beaches of Normandy, the Ardennes, Anzio, Guadalcanal, Iwo Jima, Inchon, Flanders, San Juan Hill, Gettysburg, Antietam, Chancellorsville, Shiloh, Fredericksburg, Bunker Hill, Trenton, Lexington, Concord and thousands more.  Let us remember the men and women who gave the ultimate sacrifice for their country. 

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