Grandfather says Grandmother sewed period costumes for the family, which we wore to the nations bicentennial celebration in Washington, DC in 1976.
Grandfather and family traveled to Wolf Trap National Park, where the day was celebrated by a festive crowd.
Later, on the way to a monumental fireworks display on the Washington Mall, the George Washington Parkway jammed with traffic and everybody just stopped, got out of their cars and watched and cheered.
Grandfather says he can’t remember many such times, when our country felt so united.
But, never one to miss an opportunity to “play the fool” (a West Virginia country saying), Grandfather repurposed Grandmother’s period dress to celebrate Halloween at the local Elk’s Club dance, circa 2003:
About the Author: RD Blakeslee is an octogenarian from West Virginia who built his net worth by only investing in that which can be enjoyed during acquisition and throughout life, as opposed to papers in a drawer, like stocks and bonds. You can read more about him here.
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