All that remains is the outline. You can’t tell what it was like, it’s as lost to the past as the ruins of Angkor Wat.
Try to imagine going to a car dealer when the new models arrived. Filling out forms, getting the keys and driving out onto the street in a new American car. The Buicks in the early 1950s were just over 2 tons of steel and chrome with 180 horsepower and just about every option the manufacturer could think of. The government wasn’t mandating anything. No seatbelts, air bags, emission controls, computers, fuel efficiency limits. Just a car the way the company decided to build it to compete in the marketplace for consumer dollars. That’s how it was in Old America. They looked like this.
Andy of Mayberry. Constitutional scholar.
Here’s what we remembered 30 years ago in Old America.
Cornwall, New York. The Memorial Day Parade in 1920. A silent film, with text. Men marching in full kit with Springfields, Scouts marching, early automobiles decked out in bunting, and the presentation of a captured German field gun. The kind of Memorial Day people have after they have won a war.
If you look around a bit, there are memorials left behind by the generations that lived in Old America. They were erected to preserve and honor the memory of the men that served and died to create and preserve the country. They are melancholy places and often you find yourself alone there. Still, take some time this weekend, on this holiday set aside to mark the beginning of summer, to remember what was and the men who toiled in darkness so others could be free.