Celebrating An American Holiday with Baseball and Paratroopers

Having July 4th holiday in the middle of the week makes it a strange celebration. I celebrated with friends and family in Memphis this weekend, but came back to St Louis for work. That left me in a bit of a quandary about what to do for the fourth. Mind you, having traveled all weekend, I have plenty I need to do but that didn’t seem quite the spirit I was into.

Luckily, at the office there were some tickets that were available to Tuesday night’s Cardinals game.

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My friend Sharon and I went together. We decided to take the metro so we could arrive during batting practice and man am I glad we didn’t miss the opening of the game cause not only did that have us the for the opening pitch, but we got to see the US Army’s Golden Knights parachute into the stadium! Check it out on video.

It was pretty awesome. Everyone seemed to think like us, the parachutes coming in was awesome. But when we realize there were a dozen or so, with some of them going incredibly fast on their descents, we were blown away. And I’m sorry I was moving the video so much but you should have seen our heads spinning!

In the end, the Rockies may have won the game, but the start reminded us that we really all are winners. We live in a great country that is always striving to do better. We can disagree about what that looks like but we have a system that recognizes that and can still move forward. Granted, paratroopers weren’t part of the picture in winning American independence, but men and women like those I saw last night, keep working for our freedom and the opportunity to improve ourselves, our communities and our nation…. And that was just what I needed for the holiday, even if it does fall in the middle of a week

I hope you have a great holiday too!

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About Janice Person

I'm Janice & this blog is about my passions -- photography, travel, agriculture & whatever else comes to mind. Putting all those things together is intriguing to me…. I can spend a lot of time soaking it up! It's almost always a colorful adventure!

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8 Responses to Celebrating An American Holiday with Baseball and Paratroopers

  1. dadblunders July 5, 2012 at 5:38 am #

    I miss living in Kansas City and going to the Royals games. We used to have so much fun at them. I always looked forward to Friday night games because they would have fireworks after the game. We had even been a few times on July 4th. it just always seemed that hot dogs, baseball and fireworks made the holiday so much better!

    • Janice Person July 5, 2012 at 10:30 am #

      Agreed! It just “feels” good. Friends were asking me if the hot weather was killing me, etc and I said, no, not a problem. Had bottled water and there was a breeze blowing much of the night. I was loving the night! Can’t let heat alone overrule all the other!

  2. Tony Purcell July 5, 2012 at 10:37 am #

    When I was at Ft. Bragg they would join us on training jumps from time to time. One I vividly remember was a night jump. When the Air Force turned on the green light, thinking we were over the drop zone, we were actually over the town of Spring Lake, N.C. It got pretty exciting as guys were coming down in residential neighborhoods and even downtown. But, those guys are good.

    • Janice Person July 5, 2012 at 2:47 pm #

      They were truly incredible…. some of them would float weightlessly and then beeline down in a rush…. all VERY CONTROLLED. It was so cool!

  3. Sharon July 5, 2012 at 4:38 pm #

    It was so awesome to see all of them parachute in! So smooth and like you said, in control.
    I like how you said about us all being winners, so true.
    And when we all pull together we are even bigger winners.
    Go Army!

    • Janice Person July 6, 2012 at 4:57 pm #

      I agree! Awesome! Thanks for coming! 🙂

  4. Mimi July 5, 2012 at 10:12 pm #

    Looks like an amazing time. I guess we can have that kind of stuff now that we have an open air stadium here in MN!! I love baseball!!

    • Janice Person July 6, 2012 at 5:03 pm #

      Baseball rocks! And your guys would love paratroopers addig to the excitement!

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