The 4th of July holiday is a celebration of our nations independence. What better way to feel that sense of patriotism than to spend this 4th of July at the very sight where a number of major battles from the French and Indian, and Revolutionary War period were fought, at our Fort Ticonderoga. This year marks the 250th Anniversary of the French and Indian War and for the past week the Fort has hosted a number of performances, reenactments, and demonstrations. Dont think the Fort is putting on the brakes now however, tomorrow is the 4th ~ the big day. The 4th of July celebration will feature a parade, performances by the Fife and Drum Corps, and the must attend portion of the day that will surely pull at the patriotic heart stings of both the young and old is a reading of the Declaration of Independence. Not to be outdone by the 4th, July 5th has a number of wonderful events going on as well. Living in the world we live in today Fort Ticonderoga takes an important step in recognizing soldiers of all wars with a solemn procession lead by officers and enlisted men from Scotland, England, Canada, and the US, all of whom have served in Iraq, Afghanistan, and Kosovo. All members of the military, retired and active are invited to join with St. Andrews Societies, Clan representatives and members of the Society of Colonial Wars in the procession starting on the Parade Grounds at 1:30 p.m. The public is asked to join in this memorial, as well. For any of you who read last weeks column you know that July 6th is the opening of the Forts Mars Center and their Face of Warexhibit and dedication ceremony. Marci Hall, Director of Marketing and Communications for Fort Ticonderoga informs me that with the Mars Center construction complete the skyline is an exact replica of how it was in the 1750s, a great photo opportunity for families to take advantage of. Concluding the series of events is a procession from the Parade Grounds to Montcalm Cross beginning at 1:30 p.m. July 8. Speaking to past attendees of the Fort Ticonderoga they all said similar things in regards to the Fort Ticonderoga experience. One such conversation occurred between me and a guest to the Visitors Bureau who went to the Fort with her family. They recount, When I stood on the ground where people fought and died for the life we live today, it truly gave me a unique feeling. The Fort gave me goose bumps and left me with a feeling of overwhelming honor, respect, and patriotism.