Roman has been calling the 4th of July "USA Day." Cute little ring to it. We went to Greenfield Village last night for their "Salute to America." Gates opened at 6pm, picnics were allowed. We went with Roman's friend Max and his mom, because dad is in Pennsylvania starting his new job. (side note: yup, it's true: the economy IS forcing people out of Michigan).
Anyway, we secured a spot on a more level area of the hill overlooking the food tent and the side of a stage. At 8:00pm there was a 5x flyby of a B-25D bomber from WWII, the same kind Doolittle flew over Tokyo after Pearl Harbor. It was SO cool. Doug was so entranced he didn't even remember to take a picture. He reports the bomb bay doors were open; Roman and I were in a different spot at the time and Ro didn't like the noise at first, so I didn't notice. What chills I got, though, to see that baby fly!
At 8:30 the Detroit Symphony Orchestra began their concert of patriotic favorites. They finished with "1812 Overture" which I can hear every day and not get tired of it. Real cannons, of course, provided by a reenactment group. That was just too cool. While the Overture was playing, I was telling Roman about the story behind the song... he asked for more battle music and stories afterward. Too cute. Even classical music can be exciting when people are introduced to the stories behind the music.
Anyway, right after the Overture ended, the fireworks began and the orchestra accompanied with more favorites - "Washington Post March" and "Stars & Stripes Forever," along with that "Bridge Over theRiver Kwai" song. Roman loved the fireworks and stayed awake... for the beginning. He did call out "Sparkles!" a couple times, and commented on the really BIG ones, and then - asleep. He fought it valiantly, trying to force his eyes open, but he just couldn't do it.
All in all it was a great show, fun too because beforehand there was a Drum & Fife Corp, and wandering Barbershop Quartet and Ladies' group. And I close on this, America's 231st birthday (of course, the Rev. War started in 1775, but the Declaration was signed in 1776), with the conclusion of Lincoln's 2nd Inaugural Address. It was short & to the point, and in this time of war in Iraq, Afghanistan, not to mention the "global" war against terrorism, I thought it was appropriate.
"With malice toward none, with charity for all, with firmness in the right as God gives us to see the right, let us strive on to finish the work we are in, to bind up the nation's wounds, to care for him who shall have borne the battle and for his widow and his orphan, to do all which may achieve and cherish a just and lasting peace among ourselves and with all nations."