Well, well, well. Many views of 'history.'
Its a good day to connect with History. I've mentioned the actual public reading of the Declaration that is now an established practice where I live. Still less than 100 different locations in this country that adhere to that along with the parades, fireworks, games and such that involves all the rest of the cities and towns in this Nation.
A couple of CGI responses push me to respond, however, as they suggest history is being usurped, not just ignored.
During the run-up for the bicentennial - 1976, for those who may be history challenged - I lived in Sudbury, about 20 miles inland from Boston. Sudbury had been founded in 1640, just 20 years after the Mayflower landed at Plymouth Rock and the survivors came ashore.
Part of the Bicentennial was to recapture the spirit of 200 years earlier. A Sudbury Minute Company had been revitalized some years earlier with the intent to be involved with the Events of the Bicentennial. I was a part of that Minute Company. Our wives reconstructed the dress and clothing of the late 1700s for accuracy.
And being only 10 miles or so from Concord, it was an annual event on April 19 for the Minute Company to march to Old North Bridge in Concord to recreate that event in history claimed by some to be 'the shot heard 'round the world.' The redcoats were there, fresh from Lexington after shooting up Boston, and were aiming to the same in Concord.
Paul Revere, and the riders supporting him, spread out across the eastern part of Massachusetts, including Lexington and Concord. And the Old North Bridge was where the several town's Minute Companies gathered.
This event is still observed in Massachusetts.
We attended the Unitarian Church in Sudbury. It was housed on the site of the very first church raised in Sudbury. It was the third building to be rebuilt on that site. During those 'run up' years, our minister began to review the old records that were kept during the late 1600s and 1700s and found verification that the powder and guns the Brits were looking for were indeed buried at that church. Other churches, too, of course.
History becomes more than a couple of pages of text when you become part of it, albeit many years later.
Sudbury is one of the very few places in this country that governs itself through its Annual Town Meeting. The next one will be its 379th Town Meeting.
Democrats, Republicans, Libertarians, Greens, and whatever others, as well as Independents, vote by standing up for whatever is their desire. You can see, by looking around, who's with you, and who's not. The Town Meeting is run by the Town Moderator. That's elected for a one year term, each year, just before the Town Meeting is to convene.
There is no Mayor in charge. There is a Board of Selectmen. Three of them. One is elected by the Town Meeting every year to serve three years. So there is continuity and consistency regarding Town affairs.
Its that kind of experience that enables me to keep a reasonably clear head among all the current propaganda and special interests that is passed off as 'democracy' today.