‘Wrestling…’ – Post #6

Wrestling to Build a Nation

     Tomorrow, citizens in the United State will exercise their privilege to vote. If you haven’t already done so, I hope you’ll go to the polls.

     I thank God often for my country and feel blessed to live in the USA.

     If you watch television news, you know political wrestling at this point in our country’s history is plentiful! During our recent trip to Washington, D.C. as well as many different historical sites, it became apparent this isn’t a current phenomenon.

     I hope you’ll enjoy the following photos and that they will renew your appreciation for the amazing freedoms we enjoy because of the willingness of forefathers and foremothers to wrestle for the rights we enjoy and, which I know, can so easily be taken for granted.

The U. S. Capital

“…We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness….”

~ Declaration of Independence – July 4, 1776

The Lincoln Memorial

“Fourscore and seven years ago our fathers brought forth on this continent, a new nation, conceived in Liberty, and dedicated to the proposition that all men are created equal.

Now we are engaged in a great civil war, testing whether that nation, or any nation so conceived and dedicated, can long endure…”.

Abraham Lincoln, “Gettysburg Address – November 19, 1863”

Pool at the World War II Memorial with The Lincoln Memorial in the background. My father was a paratrooper who fought during the last brutal months of WW II. He enlisted the day after high school graduation. The young man I’d later call “Dad” marched in the Berlin Victory Parade on September 7, 1945. He returned to his small Montana hometown with two bronze stars, a purple heart and perhaps a broken heart since that’s what the brutality of war can do to a young soldier’s soul.

My father-in-law, George, trained Naval pilots in Norman, Oklahoma, toward the end of the War. George met my husband’s mom at a USO dance. He loved to tell the story about the first time he saw Loretta. He told his buddy, “See that beautiful girl in the blue dress. I’m going to marry her!” Their marriage produced six wonderful children and endured over 50 years. They never stopped dancing.

I love being a woman and appreciate the contribution women have made throughout history, including during WW II.

Speaking of women, we really enjoyed these two lively ladies who worked for the nighttime bus tour company. The gal with the neon pink hair was giving her co-worker a tutorial in how to have good boundaries. I found the discussion hilarious. I haven’t used any of her suggestions when I teach the “Boundaries” book class! 😊

This is the Old Post Office Pavilion, a magnificent nighttime site.

“Neither snow nor rain nor heat nor gloom of night stays these couriers from the swift completion of their appointed rounds.”  ~ Post Office unofficial motto

I liked this statue of Thomas Jefferson In Williamsburg, near the beautiful campus of William and Mary University where Jefferson attended from 1760-1762. He later wrote the Declaration of Independence. I enjoy hanging out with great writers!

“In matters of style, swim with the current; in matters of principle, stand like a rock.”

~Thomas Jefferson

The following photos are from the re-created Jamestown Settlement, America’s first English colony.

Three ships sailed from England in 1607. It was eerie to walk through the replica ship and experience the cramped quarters in which brave men and women traveled. Many died in route.

The early colonists joined the Powhatan Indians who lived in villages like this one.

They needed protection, and men like this fellow were ready.

The roots of our nation’s faith tradition began in churches much like this one.

Blessings to each of you who has taken time to read this post, and God bless the United States of America. Regardless the outcome of tomorrow’s election, I hope each of us will pray for our nation’s leaders…

Sue Reeve

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