Sunday, July 3, 2016

HAPPY & SAFE 4th of July!

 The Star Spangled Banner
a TUCK's Post Card
Decoration Day Post Cards Series # 107
The Star Spangled Banner "a poem written on September 13, 1814 by the 35-year-old lawyer and amateur poet Francis Scott Key after witnessing the bombardment of Fort McHenry by British ships of the Royal Navy in Baltimore Harbor during the Battle of Fort McHenry in the War of 1812." ~ from Wikepedia
GAR ~ Cannonsburg PA
Grand Army of the Republic

 When I saw this postcard (mailed in 1908) I thought it would have been the sight of a famous battle defending this counties freedom .  From my research I could not find any such history.  The towns name comes from the first settler and proprietor of the Town of Canonsburg, John Canon.  Much to my surprise it is the home of the second largest 4th of July parade in Pennsylvania.

" ...second-largest Fourth of July parade in the state of Pennsylvania, second only to Philadelphia. In the weeks leading up to the parade, the town frequently gains media attention for its residents setting up folding chairs along the town's main street to stake claim to prime viewing areas." - from Wikepedia

What is the G.A.R.? "The Grand Army of the Republic (GAR) was formed on April 6, 1866 in Decatur, Illinois. What started as a benevolent society for Union Civil War veterans quickly became one of our nation’s most powerful veterans’ organizations. Membership was open to honorably discharged Union soldiers, sailors, or marines." - Carnegie Library

The G.A.R. was concerned what would become of their history and artifacts when the last member passed.

 The Capt. Thomas Espy Post 153, Department of Pennsylvania the members of the Post were concerned when the last member passed.  They made an agreement with Carnegie Library and the Cival War Room was created... "The Post was used for meetings and to house the veterans’ collection of flags, books, prints and relics from 1906 until the last veteran died in 1937. Not only does it retain invaluable artifacts, but it provides a unique historical record of the first part of the century.

I am sharing this postcard with Postcard Friendship Friday!

Note - all postcards shared on Postcard Friendship Friday are from my private collection

1 comment:

Beth Niquette said...

Oh, my goodness! What wonderful history, what marvelous postcards! I LOVE this post. Thank you. Not only were my eyes delighted, but I learned a lot of things I didn't know before! ((Hugs))