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On July 3rd, when I was a pup, and I’m thinking about 7 or 8, my mother walked me up Bridge Street, past the Library of Congress, turned onto Middle and onto Rogers Street, past what was then Junior High school, where I would later go to learn stuff. Finally, after this adventure at my young age, we joined the crowds at South Playground ready for an exciting special night.

Jim Splaine

This was the 1950’s and for me it was fantastic fun to see the army demonstrations on the field before the fireworks started showing our soldiers in action complete with cannons and machine guns. World War II had recently ended and Korea was still insecure. Since kids my age have fought at home with our army playsets, it was real to see real army troops up close.

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