The United States proclaimed its independent nationhood on this day 242 years ago. The new nation went to war with Britain to make good on its revolutionary proclamation, and at least a couple of veterans of that war are buried in the pioneer cemetery at Mount Tabor Church in Champaign County, Ohio. Also in this churchyard are the graves of Civil War soldiers, as well as veterans of the War of 1812 and both World Wars.
No fireworks, no solemn speeches or patriotic parades greet their memory on this holiday. Only miles of corn and beans and sky, and a few birds to sing the former soldiers into eternity. ♨
National parks reveal who we are as a people, what we value, how we envision the future. We learn something of ourselves by viewing our national parklands, monuments, historical sites, battlefields, and other units of the National Park Service through the critical lens of the curious student. ♨
Acadia National Park has become infested with an epidemic of automobiles, but many visitors escape the traffic on the refurbished carriage roads where they can enjoy the park by equine-powered carriages, on foot or bicycle.