It’s That Time of Year


So, the 4th of July is without doubt THE summer holiday? Why is that? Maybe it’s because it’s fun of fun, it’s warm and it often mixes with family and friends. But then again, maybe it’s just because it is the ONLY holiday in the summer time!

One thing that is virtually synonymous with the 4th of July here in the United States is a BBQ. Friends and family gather together, throw some burgers or hot dogs or steaks or chicken or shrimp on the barbie and chow down! Watermelon on ice. Yum!

I remember the 4th of July when I was a kid on the farm in Iowa. I wasn’t very old, but every year on the 4th, we’d drive to the “big city” of Des Moines to one of my dad’s brother’s house for the festivities. One of my favorite memories was how he’d take a metal washtub and put it in his basement, fill it full of ice, and stick a bunch of bottles of Dr. Pepper in it for us to drink. I don’t know how many I’d drink on those days, but it was more than one. Maybe that’s where my love for Dr. Pepper comes from.

Here in the Georgia down where we live is a barbecue place where we love to eat. In fact, we stopped there after church just this past Sunday and got BBQ pulled pork sandwiches. Good stuff! Outside of one of their two restaurants here in town is a rather unusual shaped BBQ. I took the photo today with my cell phone once when we stopped there. When it’s going strong, there smoke comin’ out of the barrel as it is in this photo. And that means good food is just waiting to be devoured!

Happy Fourth to you all!

ON THIS DAY IN HISTORY: on this day in 1863, troops under Confederate General George Pickett began a massive attack against the center of the Union lines on the climactic third day of the Battle of Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, the largest engagement of the war. For the first two days of the battle, General Robert E. Lee’s Army of Northern Virginia had battered George Meade’s Army of the Potomac. The day before Pickett’s Charge, the Confederates had hammered each flank of the Union line but could not break through.

Now, on July 3, Lee decided to attack the Union center, stationed on Cemetery Ridge, after making another unsuccessful attempt on the Union right flank at Culp’s Hill in the morning. The majority of the force consisted of Pickett’s division, but there were other units represented among the 15,000 attackers.

After a long Confederate artillery bombardment, the Rebel force moved through the open field and up the slight rise of Cemetery Ridge. But by the time they reached the Union line, the attack had been broken into many small units, and they were unable to penetrate the Yankee center.

The failed attack effectively ended the battle of Gettysburg. On July 4, Lee began to withdraw his forces to Virginia. The casualties for both armies were staggering. Lee lost 28,000 of his 75,000 soldiers, and Union losses stood at over 22,000. It was the last time Lee threatened Northern territory.

TRIVIA FOR TODAY: The American Humane Association (AHA) objected to the scene in the Shawshank Redemption (1994) where the character Brooks feeds his crow a maggot. The AHA stated it was cruel to the maggot, and it required that the crow be fed a maggot that had died from natural causes.


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