Every year for the past 16 years, Port Royal, Virginia has put on a celebratory Independence Day event. The day is filled with musicians, Revolutionary and Civil War reenactors, speakers, 18th century dancers, bagpipers, and a formal reading of the Declaration of Independence. It is a wonder annual program and a great way to spend part of the 4th. Here are a few pictures that I managed to take of the event:
This year, I had the honor of being asked to give a short speech. Knowing my interest in the Lincoln assassination story, my fellow board members of Historic Port Royal asked me to speak on the topic of John Wilkes Booth. I heartily agreed. Later on though, as I was trying to prepare for my speech, I had a hard time reconciling the discussion of a Presidential assassin on the day of our country’s birth. So, rather than discussing John Wilkes Booth, I decided to present a more Revolutionary tale. Below is a video of the speech I presented.
I wish you all a very happy Independence Day.