Posted by Dr. Uncle Mark on July 04, 2000 at 12:14:27:
To the Inhabitants of Mohicanland:
What an evening it was last night! The Rev. War regiment I belong to (we reenact both F & I and Rev. Wars), the 42nd Royal Highland Regiment, Grenadiers, marched in the Lititz, PA parade. We were only 10 strong, several of our comrades not able to make it, but what a marvelous sight we were (I have been told!). Lieut. Campbell in front, 1st Sgt. Campbell carrying the colors, then the rank of six men: myself (Cpl. MacWilliam), with Privates JohnsTon, MacGregor, Glen, MacWilliam (minor) and Recruit Stewart, followed by Drummer MacFarland and Piper MacCrimmon. It was grand to be with my comrades and my son, tall and proud, at my side.
After the Patriot was released, we were all apprehensive about the welcome we would receive by the townsfolk. However, never to fear, Americans love a parade. And someone has to play the bad guys! We were followed by a group of Continental soldiers. Oh, to be sure, not in step like we were, not all spit and polish like we were, but as I marched, I could hear the strains of Yankee Doodle when our piper took a breather. I don't need to be reminded of my heritage, but it was still good to hear that Colonial tune in the background.
My regiment is fiercely proud of what we do. Many of us fought in the Continental regiments for several years, but wanting to learn more of our country and as Washington said, "Look the enemy in the eye", we joined a British unit to reenact. I have learned to hold no malice for the British troops. They were here to do their duty and uphold the law. But, my ancestors won out over them. My family of Hagenbuchs, Sechlers, Martins, and many others, DID have a dream of independence; NOT to be held to laws which they could not control. And after 6 1/2 long years, they won that independence.
I am fiercely proud of my American heritage and there are times, like today, that .....well, it is difficult for a member of SAR who reenacts a British Grenadier to explain. I suppose I am even more proud of my 18th century ancestors who won their freedom from Great Britain because I KNOW the type of soldier they were fighting. I KNOW 18th century Americans suffered greatly to obtain their dream. I have had a taste of both sides, I have looked the enemy in the eyes, and I know the type of soldiers whom Michael, Jacob and Peter fought against to make their dream come true; their dream of "that government which governs the least" (T. Jefferson).
Happy Fourth of July. God Save these United Colonies. Let no man or government take my freedoms from me!
Dr. Uncle Mark
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