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-July 4, 1976 Sunday Gatette-Mail -Ch»rlesfcn, Wrsl Virjlnit THEIR WA Y Americans Wrap The Country in Red, White, Blue for Birthday Celebration By John Harbour The Anociated Press In all their diverse and sometimes odd ways, Americans wrapped their land in red, white and blue this weekend and conjured up a multitude of Happy Birthdays. In a time of dear oil prices, they began logging an expected 17.8 billion miles of holiday travel. They flocked to beaches and state parks. They lined the shores from sea to shining sea. As July 4 began its westward march from the International Date Line, the mood and the tempo picked up. IN MANHASSET BAY off Long Island Sound, a yachtsman noted a rare conviviality, an uncommon courtesy, as small boats hovered near the Bicentennial tall ships of many nations at guest moorings, waiting Sunday's great nautical parade up the Hudson. For the last several days, Americans have been doing it their way. In one brief stretch of Constitution Avenue beneath the majesty of the Capitol dome one hour of one day this week, these three things happened: Sam Rosenow, 18, and Larry French, 17, wound up an 18-day, 920-mile run from their home town, Manitowoc, Wis., to Washington with a visit to Sen. William Proxmire. They did it, they said, to prove that the Bicentennial was no gimmick. An array of young people's church groups marched down the avenue, faces bright and smiling, chanting to martial hymns, "Jesus Christ. He's Number One." When they had passed, police blocked off the avenue for a few minutes to let a small procession of the Vietnam Veterans Against the War cross the street. They chanted, "Two hundred years. Get the Rich Off Our Backs." Somehow, the avenue named for the U.S Constitution had room for all of them. In California, Bob Older put out $10,000 for poles, cables and a 67-by 102-foot Britain Sharing A merica '* Birthday Holiday Headache Not everyone enjoys the pomp and noise built into this time of year. Shana Dimitris, 2. of Lancaster. Pa., grimaces at the sound of musket fire during a Star-Spangled Saturday celebration. (APWirephoto) LONDON (AP) - With fireworks, concerts, mock battles and gracious tributes, Britain is wishing her former colonies happy 200th birthday. More than 100 observances across the United Kingdom this weekend give a feeling that Britain was sharing the Americans' victory rather than dwelling on its. own present-day decline. For history and garden-loving Britons there were a restaging near Cheltenham Diverse Methods Help Express Ideal of Equality, Freedom By Harry F. Rosenthal WASHINGTON'(AP) - In ways as diverse as the nation, the capital marked the 200-year-old American ideal of equality and freedom. There was exuberance, music, marching and celebration of the folkways peculiar to America in Saturday's public observances, hard by the marble shrines of the young nation that is the oldest democ- . racy in the world. And there were tinges of dissent, but dif' ferent in form and expression from the traumas that prompted the Founding Fathers to stand boldly for "Life. Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness." The Declaration of Independence that embraced the hopes of 1776 was on proud 76-hour display, along with the other fundamental documents of the Republic the Constitution and the Bill of Rights. * * * BUT FOR the half million or so who lined the mile-long route from the Capitol to the Washington Monument, it was not a day for looking at documents, no matter how sacred to the nation. It was a day for the Red, White and Blue: for patriots in the sunshine. It was a day to see the Old Guard Fife and Drum Corps strut in Redcoat uniforms; to see antique cars, one with actor Telly Savalas blowing kisses; to see color guards and military bands; to see flags and floats. Two giant eagles, symbols of courage, strength and independence... thousands of yards of hand-puffed satin and silver stars forming the flag of the original 13 colonies . . . a ringable replica of the Liberty Bell . . . a riverboat complete with smokestack . . . a huge 1876 centennial birthday cake . . . the Statue of Liberty... a 14-foot high Uncle Sam . . . There was a horse-drawn carriage with "George and Martha Washington" and another with "Abe and Mary Lincoln," an oxen cart pulled by steers named "Yankee" and "Doodle." a Conestoga wagon, a large Irish tub cart, a stagecoach. * * * THE DAY, like the country, was a fusing of nations. There were marchers of American Indians and of hyphenatedAmericans: Czechoslovakians and Swiss and Germans and Koreans and Latin Americans and Greeks and Italians and Filipinos and Hungarians and Serbians ·and Ukrainians: and there was an Irish buggy pulled by a horse from Belgium. Vice President Nelson A. Rockefeller rode in the parade, then turned his own camera on the marchers from the reviewing stand. The 38th President of the United States. Gerald R. Ford, opened the Bicentennial weekend Friday, appropriately at the Na- · tional Archives, proclaiming the Declaration of Independence "the fixed star of freedom." He then prepared three more speeches and went off, like millions of other Americans, to the golf course. Later he was on the program of a patriotic concert at the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts along with such personalities as the Rev. Billy Graham, Bob Hope, and Art Linklel- ter. Other residents of the capital, taking advantage of the threeday holiday, left the celebrating to the tourists and fled to the personal freedom that comes with a sail- Scouts Will Gather MARLINTON-Members of the Order of the Arrow of the Boy Scouts will gather at Camp Buckskin near here Aug. 6-8 for the order's annual conclave. About 200 youngsters will take part. Visitors will be permitted to watch the Indian dance competition which will begin at 8:30 p.m. AugS. \ boat, a fishing rod, a picnic basket or a beach blanket. Or it was just a lazy day in front of the television, by the pool, or in the backyard. * * * AND IF the Bicentennial drawing power disappointed Washington businessmen, as it has all year, some saw the strength of America in that very fact. To them it was a sign of national vitality that so many stayed away from the programmed birthday razzledazzle, not for lack of patriotism but because their roots in America .are elsewhere -- among their neighbors and friends. Those who lined Constitution Avenue, that street of museums and bureaucratic warrens, got there mostly on foot across the Potomac River bridges from Virginia, from the posh old houses in Georgetown, from the homes and hotels in the District of Columbia. Those who drove parked in special lots, or tried to, and then took buses, or tried to. Both were jammed. The metropolitan police department, which had marshaled its entire force, esti- mated the crowd at the parade at 500,000. The National Park police said 300,000. In any case, there were a lot of people. The temperature was 88 degrees, the weather magnificent. * * * DISSENT WAS promised Ipy American Nazis, espousing the Aryan super-race dogmas of Adolf Hitler. But they couldn't get organized well enough to mount their demonstration on time/ The Jewish Defense League, which had threatened a counterdemonstration that would lead to violence, ordered its members to stay away because it heard the Nazis had trained women and childen to serve as buffers between the two groups, something the Nazis denied. Today, one of the principal observances was to be a huge rally by the People's Bicentennial Commission, promoting an economic revolution with the battle cry of "Declare Your Independence from Big Business." The PBC is an unofficial, nongovernmental group, not affiliated in any way with the official American Revolution Bicentennial Administration. of the Battle of Concord Bridge and an exhibition entitled "Plants Across the Sea: 400 years of Anglo-American Botany." For the 150,000 Americans living in Britain there were special Sunday church services, picnics and softball games, and even a Frisbee competition in Chelsea. * * * FOR THOUSANDS of Americans and other tourists, getting more devalued pounds sterling now for their money, there was a diversity of events. They ranged from a patchwork quilt exhibition at Leeds to a reading of the Declaration of Independence by actor Douglas Fairbanks Jr., American-born Knight of the British Empire, on the steps of London's St. Paul's Cathedral. The Times of London columnist Bernard Levin wrote that as America enters her third century "the blessings of any man or woman of sense should accompany her. "The fabric of her Constitution is intact, and though her body politic has been scarred by the years, the mighty heart within is still sound," he said. "And the truths that 200 years ago she held to be self-evident still are." As if returning the compliment to a Britain plagued by inflation and economic decline, U.S. Ambassador Anne Armstrong declared on television: "We believe in you. We can't conceive of a world without you. We don't want to be without you as an ally." * * * BRITAIN'S SEMIAUTONOMOUS Isle of Man between England and Northern Ireland minted a Bicentennial coin and the British Post Office a Benjamin Franklin stamp for airmail to America. British companies churned out "limited edition" cups, plates, medallions, bowls and mugs. One medal features George Washington on one side and King George III on the other. A plate shows overlapping profiles of Queen Elizabeth II and- President Ford. We Saved Money On Our Hew Car With A City National8.85% Auto loan! 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In Salt Lake City, one family painted an ' historical American flag on the bottom of their swimming pool. * * * IN WASHINGTON, Joel and Tony Ahlstrom rested after a 58-day, 2,991-mile run from San Francisco's Golden Gate Bridge to the capital. They wore out 10 pairs of shoes. It was their way to carry the message. In western Illinois, Vernon Moens, a 37-year-old hog farmer, watches over 10- acres of Petunias, planted to recreate in red, white and blue the Betsy Ross flag. He had to plow up 10 acres of oats for his birthday message. In Ticonderoga, N.Y., the Gerald Vails painted a 40-by 26-foot flag on their lawn. It cost them about 51,000. It was their way to celebrate what Mrs. Vail says is "the most beautiful country in the world." Meanwhile, the American penchant for superlatives continues unabated, as if the enemy this time were the British Guinness Book of Records. Glenwood Springs, Colo., readied what the Jaycees there say will be the world's largest pancake, 76 inches in diameter. Minneapolis holds the world's largest ice cream social. Ontario. Calif., sets the world's longest picnic table. Los Angeles claims the longest Bicentennial parade. Baltimore claims the world's largest birthday cake, 69,000 pounds, edging out Philadelphia. And George, Wash., bakes a 60-square-foot cherry pie. And in Nairobi, Kenya, an American woman and her husband plan to fly a Bicentennial kite from the top of 19,340-foot Mt. Kilimanjaro the highest a kite has flown. And in Lake City, Pa., Americans have-, built a landing pad for Unidentified Flying Objects, presumably the first, and ringed it with red, white and blue lights. With all of that, it should come as no surprise then, that when the reconstruction of Christopher Columbus' Santa Maria joins the record armada of nearly 300 tall ships in New York Harbor, the man at the helm will be a Spanish sailor on leave. His name: Christopher Columbus XVIII. Sunday Gazette-Mail Entered os second class matter at the Post Office ot Charleston. W. Va.. under the art of March 3, 1897. Independent newspaper published each Sunday morning by the Daily Gazette Company and Doily Mail Publishing Co., a subsidiary of Cloy Communications, Inc., in Charleston, W. Va. 25330. Sunday Gazette-Mail is a member of The Associated Press. The Associated Press is entitled to the use of all local news for reproduction. Telephones: Classified Advertising Circulation Deportment :. All Other Deportments. 348-5140 AfifSalimHabash.M.D. announces the opening of his off ice for the practice of Pediatrics JULY 1,1976 Clinic Annex Bldg. Montgomery General Hospital. Montgomery, W. Vo. Phone: 442-2471 ext. 300 YEARS .. .that's a lot of years. A lot of people have come and gone, and that'swhat America is; people--people from all over the world seeking freedom and opportunity--people who have made self-government work and with all its faults, it does work better than any other system now or in the past. Our way of saying "HAPPY BIRTHDAY AMERICA, 1 is to name names. They aren't all the great ones--add your own names to our list. But think what each has contributed to enrich our heritage, to protect our freedom and to make this truly the land of the free and the home of the brave. · John Adams · Jesse Owens · Adlai Stevenson · RobertToft ·Sergeant Alvin York · Abraham Lincoln ··George Washington Carver · Nathan Hale · Martin Luther King · Herman Melville · Henry Ford · Clara Barton · Bobby Jones · Colin Kelly ·-Edna St. Vincent Millay · Lou Gehrig · Benjamin Franklin · Oliver Wendell Holmes · Thomas Paine ·Thomas Jefferson ·Daniel Boone- · Carl Sandburg ·Henry Thoreau ·Walt Disney ·Carl Sandburg ·Robert Fulton from all of us at serving West Virginians for 1 29 years in 1 1 locations

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