Friday, July 4, 2014


Guilford Courthouse Battleground

Kernersville 4th of July Parade and Fireworks too!

           LET FREEDOM RING!


 "I am apt to believe that it will be celebrated by succeeding Generations, as the great anniversary Festival. It ought to be commemorated as the Day of Deliverance by solemn Acts of Devotion to God Almighty. It ought to be solemnized with Pomp and Parade, with Shews, Games, Sports, Guns, Bells, Bonfires and Illuminations from one End of this Continent to the other from this Time forward and forever more." 

John Adams on Independence Day-1776

 We began the day enjoying the annual 4th of July Parade in our hometown of Kernersville, North Carolina.  It is a display of Americana at its best....if you want to be in the parade....just show up...

 You can show up with your running shoes and participate in the 5K run....or walk...

The Kernersville Finest showed up in dress blue and led the parade with an impressive color the fireman's axe!

The crime Dawg had a nice John Deere six wheeler....

Miss Fourth of July showed up in a sporty white Mustang Convertible and the Grand Marshall road in a nice red Mustang convertible

Lots of veterans showed up in some really neat old cars....all received a warm welcome from the crowd.


Then others showed up in trucks....


Some Trucks were big and green and others were just ugly green...but one was pretty neat looking green....

Then there were a few politicians...who
showed up looking for was smart enough to pose with his beautiful daughter.....he is getting my vote!

This lady is a fan of Susan Frye for Clerk of Court...
But in Kernersville....a parade is not a parade without tractors....yep...folks in Kvegas seem to really love their tractors...even a recent UNC graduate demonstrated his tractor driving skills to the community.  His family was so impressed!

 Then there was the old lady cheerleading squad....and the skateboarder doing tricks...
and a church band playing old hymns while riding in a trailer....nicely done too....and of course the Chick Filet Cow showed up....saying Eat More Chickn!

 The best part of the parade was watching it with our new grandson, William Lee "Billy Buck" Hunter who grew tired of looking for Chicks with Sparklers and nodded off.....but the FBWG went looking for an Independence Day hike....and found one nearby. 
After a great brunch and a nap...the FBWG and his hiking companion took a historical hike at the Guilford Courthouse National Battleground Park...a wonderful park with a nice 2.5 mile historical loop trail...detailing this important battle in our war for Independence.
The battle was the culmination of a chase by General Cornwallis across the Carolinas seeking General Nathaniel Greene and his Patriot army.... who lured into the battle Cornwallis, and he fell into a carefully laid trap...This obelisk commemorates the deeds of a 6'7" Colonial soldier, Peter Franscisco who fought with a broadsword, killing 11 British Redcoats in the battle. 

We found the encampment of the Guilford Militia who provided us with a wonderful display of frontier marksmanship.

 General Greene arranged his army in three lines, the first two mainly militia, the third were Colonials. At this point they commanded the hill...looking down on the British redcoats...Cornwallis eventually drove the Patriot army from the field achieving a tactical victory but in the process lost a fourth of his men, ending his southern campaign...ensuring a Patriot victory and an Independent America.
The Guilford Courthouse National Battleground is a great hike with a wonderful lesson of history thrown sure to take it in in March when over 200 reenactors recreate the battle.

We ended the day at Kernersville Raider field where the Chamber of Commerce sponsored a concert by Danny Woods, a former member of the legendary beach band Chairman of the Board. Danny got some fans to help out doing the Funky Chicken on stage...

A good time was had by all....but what folks really came to see was the fireworks...
I recalled all day the words of John Adams about how we should celebrate Independence Day....

"It ought to be solemnized with Pomp and Parade, with Shews, Games, Sports, Guns, Bells, Bonfires and Illuminations from one End of this Continent to the other from this Time forward and forever more."

But as I walked through the Guilford Courthouse Battleground Park, I was reminded of the sacrifice of those who paid for my liberty with their we left the battleground I stopped at the graves of three Colonial Soldiers from Deleware. The bodies of William Drew, John Toland and Cornelius Hagney were discovered over 100 years after the battle. Each were born in Danfanagh, Ireland. Irish immigrants who died in defense of liberty, March 15, 1781.

 I recalled then the words of my friend Captain Ivan Castro:  "To be born free is an accident.  To live free is a blessing. But to die free is an obligation."



Let Freedom Ring...Great God our King!







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