My husband & I are once again hosting a big family BBQ on the 4th of July! Hurray! It is lots of work and lots of fun. We have a nice screened in porch that is perfect for my uncle, the family patriarch, to sit on a rocker and a big back yard that’s perfect for the younger cousins to run and play. My brothers & cousins all bring a dish to share and my husband is in charge of the grill. There will be lots of laughter; sharing of ‘remember when…’ stories; and, this year, our baby grandson will be passed from one set of loving arms to another.
Each time we gather for Independence Day I set up a family history display of some kind. This year I will focus on our Revolutionary War soldiers: seven of my 5th great grandparents who helped to free us from the British Empire.
I made a trifold display board that includes:
· A family tree chart from my paternal grandmother going back 5 generations that shows both her Revolutionary War soldiers
· A family tree chart from my Paternal grandfather going back 5 generations showing his 5 Revolutionary War soldiers
· An 8x10 Chart for each soldier with his military details
· The soldiers are numbered, both on the family trees & on the charts, to make it easier for the family to understand how each soldier is related to them.
I will make some copies of this information for those who want to take it home.
Whatever you do to celebrate, remember those who made the day & our country possible.