America’s Shrines of Freedom

America's Shrines of Freedom

In keeping with the current on-going Civil War commemoration I’ve posted this painting of Antietam National Battlefield near Sharpsburg, Maryland. Some 23,000 Americans died in one day here in 1862. This spring of 2013, I also visited Harper’s Ferry, Chancellorsville, Fredericksburg and the Colonial Yorktown where the American Revolution ended. In 1999 I got to Gettysburg and in 2009 Appomattox Courthouse where the War Between the States ended April 1865. During my roadtrips past I have paused at Minuteman, Saratoga, Washington DC, the Alamo, Fannin Memorial in nearby Goliad Texas; the Sand Creek Massacre Site in eastern Colorado and Little Big Horn where Custer ran into the mighty Sioux. I’m proud to have walked the decks of USS Missouri in 1983 Bremerton WA on which Gen. MacArthur accepted the Japanese surrender, ending WW II. Lincoln’s Tomb, Reagan Boyhood home and John Wayne’s birthplace also left their impressions on me. Boston’s USS Constitution a notable tour indeed. I have visited three Presidential Libraries: JFK, George H.W. Bush and Gerald Ford. All these places remind us as Americans our history and our place in history, by those who stepped up to make freedom ring!