A burst of fireworks at an earlier July 4 fireworks display. PIONEER FILE PHOTO/VR Giorgis
By VIRGINIA GIORGIS
BRIDGER VALLEY – The United States was born on July 4, 1776, when the Continental Congress, setting the 13 colonies on the road to freedom as a sovereign nation, approved the Declaration of Independence.
This year the 4th falls on Thursday, and the Valley as usual, will use the day to celebrate the birth of the nation. And, this most American of holidays will be marked by parades, fireworks and backyard barbecues across the country.
The population in America as of June 1 was a total resident population of 316,097,000, making it the third-most populous country in the world. It is very urbanized, with 82 percent residing in cities and suburbs as of 2008.
I firmly believe there needs to be more emphasis on teaching patriotism to the younger generations and to the people who have adopted this country as their own.
There also needs to be a push to teach those who live in the large urban areas about the rural parts of America and their contribution to the country. After all, beef, milk and vegetables don’t come from the grocery store. I remember my father telling me a story years ago about a strike by the dairy farmers. My father said one lady told him in the Jim Bridger Trading Post, his store in Fort Bridger, she didn’t care if the farmers went on strike. She got her milk from the grocery store.
But back to the Independence Day celebration, and as Bridger Valley steps into the Valley-wide celebration on Thursday, take a moment to remember how this country came about and be thankful you live in America and be proud you are an American.
The Valley is rampant with veterans and Wyoming’s contribution, per population, is one of the highest in the nation. These people, who walk among us and who have gone before, have contributed to keeping this country free.
The Linda Woody Memorial Foundation’s 5K Walk/Run kicks off the Valley activities Thursday at the Mountain View Town Park at 8 a.m.
The Town of Mountain View will have kid games and other activities at approximately 9 a.m. after the end of the 5K Run/Walk and prior to the parade.
The parade, hosted by American Legion Post #36 will be at 11 a.m. in Fort Bridger.Following the parade, or at noon, whichever comes first, the American Legion will serve a barbecue at the Legion Hall in Fort Bridger.The Fort Bridger State Site has activities planned. Following the parade, the site will feature a kids’ day where kids games are featured. Also, at 2:30 p.m., the American Legion will hold a duck race at the Fort Bridger.
The day will be topped off by the fireworks exhibition in the Town of Lyman.
And enjoy—take a part in the celebrations throughout the Valley.
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