Last week I experienced one of my long term dreams. Carol, Jan and I sat in the amphitheater for the light show at Mt. Rushmore. As the patriotic movie drew to a close the audience began singing softly. “America the Beautiful.” At the end when asked the audience stood and sang our national anthem. I was seated next to an African American. We rose and placed our hats over our hearts. Then as members of the armed services past and present were called to the stage everyone applauded. It was a wonderful experience.

We listened to the stories of George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Abraham Lincoln and Theodore Roosevelt. There was no booing, no ugly remarks, just pride in our collective history. People left laughing and talking with one another. We were one in appreciation for our great country.

God Bless America.

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