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Last year we were fortunate enough to attend a performance of a Patrick Henry interpreter at Polegreen Church in Hanover County VA. Brooks and I walked away with a deep appreciation for the events and people that shaped Patrick Henry, as well as his role in American history.

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This year, as part of our planned co-op beginning in September with friends, we all attended a reenactment of the Second Virginia Convention at historic St. John’s Church in the beautiful Church Hill neighborhood of Richmond, VA. The Second Virginia Convention is where Patrick Henry famously delivered his “Give me liberty or give me death,” speech.

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There’s something about history that gets me all kinds of excited. And I have to say, I love attending reenactments such as the one we did today because the passion of those playing various characters shines through. What a treasure, Richmond has, in not only St. John’s Church, but in those who work so tirelessly to tell this story over and over, year after year.

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Unfortunately, it’s not always a story that is appreciated for what it was, and what it continues to be today. But for myself, it’s a look into the past, an opportunity to be a “part” of that history, to relive those moments through fresh eyes and understanding, in appreciation for all the work and sweat and tears poured out by those who believed in such rights as liberty.

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One of my most favorite part of the afternoon, and there were numerous, was the moment before the reenactment began when those in the church sang the songs of our armed forces. The organist asked those who serve or have served in our armed forces to stand when their particular branch’s song was sung. Here we are in this beautiful old church, up in the balcony, and all around us, as we sing one song after another, various men and women in the crowd are standing to sing with pride the song of their particular branch. My heart swelled up with pride and admiration for these men and women, both young and old, who sacrificed or sacrifice for the same rights as those discussed at St. John’s Church so many years ago. I thought it rather fitting.

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As always, I’m so grateful for our group of friends, their fellowship, and their friendship. It’s friendships such as these that have made our homeschooling journey sweet and memorable.

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For those in the area, check out St. John’s Church if you are able. It’s definitely worth it. The neighborhood surrounding the church is beautiful and grand. The cemetery on the church grounds is incredibly interesting; but, more so than all that, you might walk away for a deeper appreciation for our founding fathers.

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