With Memorial Day fast approaching and the entrance of some summery conditions bringing more people out onto the street, it is easy to see why Memorial Day is so highly anticipated by Nantucket Travelers. Massachusetts has a large quantity of Memorial Day statues, and attractions virtually one in every town; these places help us to remember how lucky and rewarded we are to be alive while others who gave more are not.
If a reader enjoys American History he can look no further than Boston, Southeastern MA or Cape Cod and the Islands. Here are a few people, and a little something about them, that the Nantucket Travel Examiner associates with Memorial Day while Nantucket traveling.
Ben Franklin’s memorial http://www2.fi.edu/exhibits/permanent/franklin_national_memorial.phpis in Pennsylvania and he is buried there. Abiah Folger was born on Nantucket and had the esteem of being Ben Franklin’s mom. Franklin was an inventor that sought a better life while risking the only one he had, he said, “Without continual growth and progress, such words as improvement, achievement and success have no meaning.”
George S. Patton was a feared and highly intelligent military officer of The United States Army. After a rough stretch, early in World war two, he became the leader of the American Third Army where his ambitious and innovative tactics led him to fame and numerous accolades. General George S. Patton led soldiers further, faster. He was hard charger that thought highly of his country, he said, “All real Americans love the sting of battle.” http://www.hood.army.mil/1stcavdiv/
Robert Gould Shaw was an heir to a large fortune and an officer in the union army during the civil war. He was recruited by the Governor of Massachusetts and asked if he had an interest in leading the first all African American fighting unit formed in the north. He did so and was eventually killed in battle while leading the 54thMassachusetts. There is a staute of Shaw just outside of the Boston Common that portrays Shaw on horseback.
Shaw was a prospective presidential candidate and a Harvard graduate, he said, “In theory it may seem all right to some, but when it comes to being made the instrument of the Lord’s vengeance, I myself don’t like it.” The 54th Massachussetts Volunteer infatry suffered one hundred percent casulties while fighting against the confederacy http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/54th_Massachusetts_Volunteer_Infantry.
Happy Memorial Day week From the Nantucket Travel Examiner, have a safe and happy holiday.