Living in the Cradle of American History as I do in the suburbs of Philadelphia, it's often easy to forget to recognize those who have fought for our liberties since our independence 235 years ago.
In truth though, our struggles as a nation went back even farther, as do our lands and towns surrounding Philadelphia. In fact, this year, Warminster (the town where I serve as an elected official) celebrates its 300th birthday!
I grew up a short bike ride away from the battlefields at Valley Forge National Park. We often spent our Independence Day at picnics at Valley Forge. The park is a national treasure that is a must-see!
There are often historic reenactments of George Washington's troops at Valley Forge. This picture is one from this year's (February) reenactment.
This is Elfreth's Alley. The home I lived in, on Spruce
Street, was built in the same era but was on a wider
street, built for two horse carts across. (A double-
lane highway, of its day!)
Our family recognized our nation's history and made it part of our own, when my darling daughter Emily married my best son-in-law ever Josh, in 2008. They were married at Gloria Dei Old Swedes' Church, the oldest church in Pennsylvania and the second oldest in the nation, where services have been held continuously since 1700.
Their wedding pictures were taken in the church and its beautiful grounds, as well as in and around Philadelphia, including this one at Carpenter's Hall:
I hope you enjoyed this little bit of history, as I've reminisced about what it's meant to me personally.
Celebrate your Independence today by doing whatever makes you happiest!