Wednesday, July 04, 2007

Happy Birthday, America!

How blessed we are to be Americans.

I spent most of my day hiking (ok, wandering) around Sweetwater Creek State Park taking pictures of the ruins of an old textile mill that was burned by Sherman on his "March through Georgia". The mill, which made uniforms for the Confederate soldiers, was burned on the direct orders of General Sherman and all of the mill workers, mostly women and older children, were rounded up and taken prisoner and moved to prisons in more northerly states. Many of them were never able to return to their homes and families in Georgia. A very thought-provoking place to be on a very throught-provoking day. "Memories" of these kinds of events are hurtful, but I am reminded often how glad I am that we are still "One Nation, under God, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all." We're not a perfect nation, but we try. And we still hold these truths to be self-evident, that everyone is created "by their maker with certain inalienable rights, that among these are life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness."


Hummie said...

Wow, great photo there! Okay..both of them! What an inciteful post! Relective thinking is so appropriate at this time.

Rambler said...

Hi Ernie! Sorry that I haven't visited your site lately but I am not as much of an internet kind of guy. Be that as it may I now have you listed as a link on my blog! Wunderbar!!! I read your post about Sherman and it makes me sad to think of brother against brother and a nation founded on GODS word and then divided by polotics. That time has come and gone but I understand that the wounds run deep. It is wise to remember such times but wiser still to not repeat them. By the way I saw a "saint" on your site he was wearing a bright blue shirt. I enjoyed the poem. It was nicely done. Well now I must be going,take care. Hummies HUB-E!