Today, July 4th, to honor my ancestor, I will travel first to the Princeton Battlefield, to stand where he stood during the battle, and try to understand, and fully appreciate the acts of bravery that these civilian soldiers, along with American regulars, showed on this hallowed ground. I will next go up to his hometown of Cranbury, and lay flowers at the Revolutionary War Memorial that bears his name, along with 80 other brave souls who served from Cranbury. Finally I will visit the grave of John B. Bergen, died 1808, and honor his final resting place. I will honor him with an Asatru ritual, and a few Christian words, for my Presbyterian ancestor.
Barbeques, picnics, fireworks, and maybe a day at the Jersey shore are of course a lot of fun, but let us not forget those who won us our freedom and rights, so that we can go in, " pursuit of happiness ". Let us spend at least some time to remember and honor those who fought for freedom, so we could live in the land of the free and home of the brave. They gave so much, let us give back just a little of our time, to respectfully honor the memory of these brave heroes who fought so long ago !
P.S. A few good overall books on the American Revolution :
Washington : A Life, by Ron Chernow (2010)
1776 , by David McCulloch (2005)
The Glorious Cause, by Robert Middlekauff (1982)
The War of the Revolution, by Christopher Ward (1952)
Go with Odin's wisdom, Freyja's love and Thor's protection !