I would like to wish everyone a happy, healthy Fourth of July weekend. While we’re out celebrating, please be considerate and cautious. Fifty-one percent of all fatalities on July 4th occur from drunk drivers, so I urge you to be alert.
This year marks the 146th anniversaries of the Battles of Gettysburg and Vicksburg. Last year, I attended the reenactment at Gettysburg, and it was nothing less than spectacular. There were so many reenactors, artillery pieces, and horses that it was like witnessing the real thing. The experience was profound and awe-inspiring, to say the least. Some fellow SCV members have expressed their dismay at celebrating such dismal defeats. But let us keep in mind that our nation, as a whole, should celebrate this holiday together in unity, for all our freedoms.