Wednesday, April 23, 2014
Four Score and Seven Years Ago
I can’t begin to tell you how great it was to see some familiar faces, and just start into conversation like we had never left; we started out with lunch, some catching up and mapped out all that we wanted to take in while discovering this onslaught of American history. Fortunately Mike had been here before, so he was great and navigating our caravan through the auto tour, making for a breeze and more talk time amongst us all.
There is such a surreal feeling standing on the battlefield of Gettysburg, knowing it was the bloodiest battle of the Civil War and honoring the reverence for those that all lost their lives, regardless of what side that they were on. Looking out over the vast battlefield, and visualizing the heartache of war, especially one that was so violent and face to face is terrifying, the cost of lives that took to get our nations people to value freedom for all; seeing Gettysburg, the battlefield really honed in the words of Lincoln and gave such a deeper meaning to the Gettysburg address. It is something you really take to heart, it has an emotional aspect and a new meaning, it becomes more than just the words I memorized as a child in school.
If you haven’t had the opportunity to visit this National Park, I highly recommend that you do; it truly will give one perspective on the value of freedom and life. Also, the town is adorable and I am now thinking I need to manage a way to get it on our list of places to stay on our journey; I can’t even imagine growing up in the town of Gettysburg, you would just grow up being a history buff.