Today is Independence Day! Although we did not drink lemonade or watch horse races, we did go to two patriotic concerts. The first was awfully quaint, 'cause it was by a rustic town band and they played under the trees. We did miss the Gallant Seventh, but they played the White Cockade and in the middle of the JFK tribute they played the Yellow Rose of Texas...And they played the Armed Forces Salute and there were piles of veterans who stood up during their service hymn. The second concert wasn't quite as quaint and rustic, but it was great. They played Guadalcanal March!! and Colonel Bogey, and a lot of other things... but there weren't as many veterans standing up for the Armed Forces Salute. However, they also played Hymn to the Fallen as they showed a slideshow of pictures of Normandy, and then they played Taps and the Vet Honor Guard fired a 21 gun salute with M-1 Semiautomatic Garand Rifles. (which in case you didn't know, is the kind of gun WWII GIs used)(Would you believe it?)
(It makes a terrific noise.)
And it was all glorious and splendid.
posted by MRE