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Remembering the Revolution

 
Remembering the Revolution
Photo by Gregory Ripps The Fife and Drum Corps of the Order of Granaderos y Damas de Galvez marches as they play period music at the conclusion of the ceremony at Fort Sam Houston National Cemetery. Musical offerings during the event included “Yankee Doodle,” “Chester,” and “The Girl I Left behind Me.”

Two dozen heritage and military-interest organizations came together July 4 for the 30th annual Fourth of July Patriotic Ceremony at Fort Sam Houston National Cemetery, sponsored by the Order of Granaderos y Damas de Galvez, which promotes knowledge of Spain’s contribution to the American Revolution.

Event highlights included a presentation of wreaths, a salute to the 13 original states by re-enactors in authentic American Revolutionary attire firing muskets, period music played by a fife and drum ensemble, and a speech by George Washington.

Yorktown pastor Mark Collins, presenting himself in character as Washington, explained that the Declaration of Independence was a gift to today’s generation of Americans from their forefathers. He said the United States continues to need “sustaining fathers and mothers é to water the roots of the Tree of Liberty.” Near the end of his speech, he said, “I challenge you, stand up and be patriots é and this nation will continue to be a great nation.”

 
 
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