A patriot dreams of freedom. And so do the people who came to the Shamrock Bowl on Independence Evening to honor America. They were Indian Americans, African Americans, Columbian Americans and Anglo Americans. But they were most of all, Americans united in the spirit of freedom, love of country and pride in just being an American.
Beneath a hazy nearly full moon on a warm dry summer evening, a small crowd of the young and old, veterans with scars and babies holding flags, boys scouts and girl scouts, new and old, gathered for a salute to what America means.
If you weren’t there, then you missed a special treat. Laurens County’s own and highly talented Clay Young, entertained the audience with a concert of patriotic and spiritual songs.
And then, there were the fireworks which illuminate the darkness of the night into a glorious splendor, much as America does in its role as the light of the world. From the vantage point of the bowl, the fireworks appear to descend upon you from a far superior vantage point than anywhere around.
If you dream of the patriot’s dream, then I invite all of you from the land of America the beautiful to fill the Shamrock Bowl every Independence Day evening for all the years to come.