This video isn’t from my home town, but it might as well be. I remember marching in the Memorial Day parade. I rode my bike up to the start and we walked in the parade, behind the WWI and WWII veterans, behind the Gold Star mothers riding in the old convertibles, behind the Boy Scouts, there we were, Cub Scouts in blue uniforms. Participating in a parade to remember those who had fallen. We went the length of Main Street past all the stores, then turned, and went down past the school to the cemetery where there was a speaker and the 21 gun salute.
It’s what you did on Memorial Day in Old America.
TV from Old America. Marshall Matt Dillon, Miss Kitty, and Gunsmoke.
Conceived as a way to control water flow, provide water for hydroelectric power, and irrigation, Hoover Dam was a project built by Old America at the height of it’s power and vision.
The story of the construction begins at about 4:30.
Ford Motor Company made this film about Detroit in 1961. It’s a bit long for a blog post, but feel free to skip around. Look in the background, listen to the assumptions of the narrator, and take a visit to Old America.
It was still Old America in 1962. When President Kennedy gave this speech, there was still a vision of American exceptionalism shared by the elected leaders.
“Do all this, do it right, and do it first”