Tuesday, January 22, 2013

2013 Anniversaries, Places to Visit

1. Florida is 500 years old and there are so many places to see.  Throughout my lifetime I have been to Pompano, Ft. Lauderdale,  Miami, Orlando, Tampa, Cocoa Beach, Jupiter, the manatees at Blue Spring Park in Orange City (pictured below), Winter Springs take the scenic boat tour and Daytona.  I loved driving on the beach and only saw the racetrack during off season.  I still want to see St. Augustine.  Make sure you take an alligator air boat ride but use those ear mufflers.  They are LOAD and sample a little Allie after.  It tastes like chicken or was that the frog legs? Get the sample medley.

2. The Battle of Gettysburg 150th Anniversary.  The battle took place over a 3 day period July 1 -3 and you can't even imagine the devastation that happened on that battlefield and in that town unless you see it for yourself.  I highly recommend a guided tour, there is a fee for that. We had a great guide drive our car and I believe there are also bus tours. Park Ranger talks are free. Check for times and locations at the visitor center and don't miss the Cyclorama. So much happened and you can not grasped it on your own unless you are a true scholar on the subject.  I also recommend the touristy ghost tour at night, not for the creepy part but as another viewpoint of the lives so abruptly lost and you actually walk through the town at night.  It also gives you a different perspective that just driving through it during the day.

3. Harley Davidson 110th Anniversary.  Harley-Davidson is an American motorcycle manufacturer founded in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. My apologies if this is not a Harley. I never owned one but I did get to ride on the back of one once or twice.  I think wearing a helmet is a smart and safe idea.

4. 90th Anniversary of the Disney Brothers Studio later to be known as Walt Disney Studios.  Disney brings out the kid in us all on Main Street. Founded on October 16, 1923.


5. Repeal Prohibition 80th December 5th 1933.  There is a great exhibit going on now at the National Constitution Center in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania thur April 28th, 2013.

6. January 65th Anniversary of the Assassination of Gandhi.  Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi became famous while fighting for civil rights using methods of non-violent civil disobedience. Martin Luther King and Nelson Mandella were inspired by the teachings of Gandhi.

7. JFK Assassination 50th Anniversary. The 35th President of the United States was assassinated on November 22, 1963. I was a small child at the time but I do remember the impact and sadness felt in the Untied States. never again did I feel such insecurity in what I believe to be one of the safest countries in the world until 911 happened.  You can pay your respects at Arlington National Cemetery in Arlington, Virginia where he is buried, always a great opportunity to also see Washington, D.C. or you can travel to Dallas, Texas and tour the Book Depository building where it is believed that Lee Harvey Oswald, acting alone fired 3 shots and 1 that fatally wounded the President. These facts have been disputed but never proven for 50 years.  Arlington National Cemetery has always been a great place to visit and there are many things to see The Dallas experience, The Sixth Floor Museum  is one you will never forget and will leave you perplexed and unsure just what did happen that day.

8. March - 50th Anniversary of the closing of Alcatraz in 1963. If you are ever in San Francisco, this is a must do, even the boat ride over in the bay is exciting but windy.  It offers spectacular views of San Francisco and the Golden Gate Bridge.

9. I Had A Dream 50th Anniversary. Visit the MLK Memorial in Washington, D. C. and stand on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial where the speech was delivered. I myself was curious about the resolve the misquoted inscription on the side of the statue. I found a link to an article in the Washington Post, stating Interior Secretary Ken Salazer has decided the plan is to cut out the inscription to make it look like one of the horizontal “striations” already in the memorial at a cost of $700,000 - $900,000. It will be paid by a special fund set up by the memorial foundation.

10. 40th Anniversary of the End of Vietnam War The Vietnam Memorial in Washington D. C. is a quiet and solemn place and you can hear a pin drop. The Paris Peace Accord was signed in January 1963.  U. S. military involvement ended on August 16, 1973. Go to the Veterans Parade in Media and you can see the roar of the VietNam Vets as they proudly lead the parade in the motorcycle brigade.  You aren't moved to do anything else but stand and clap and cheer.  They set the tone of the parade. War is not a pretty thing but our soldiers are out there doing the dirty work for us so that we can continue to live in the land of the free.  That is something we should always celebrate and thank our soldiers for and we can't say it enough. Thank You and Welcome Home. Here is a link to a list of those still MIA.

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