February 14th at The Armed Forces Retirement Home, Washington, D.C. for my Book Club was a celebration on multiple accounts. We enjoyed special and delicious treats in honor of Valentine's Day, and we completed our discussion (for the time being) of our "designated read," 1776, written by David McCullough. Our discussions for the past month while reading 1776, were much like our previous book talks...lively, most informative, and very thought provoking.
George Washington, the general officer of the Continental Army, always knew it was foolhardy to take on the largest power on Earth-a power, moreover, with more ships under sail than he would see in his life, and with men to fill them. He knew all about their military prowess, these red-coated hosts of horse and foot who had fought across Europe and Asia, and had scars to prove it. George Washington always knew that the British king, George III, would be a daunting foe, an enemy with ways and means to dwarf anything that the 13 Colonies could put in the field, but what was the alternative? For almost seven years of far too many ferocious obstacles, General Washington and his troops persevered. On September 3, 1783, the Treaty of Paris was signed, ending the Revolutionary War and establishing the United States as a free republic among the family of nations.
As our Book Club at AFRH begins Undaunted Courage, Meriwether Lewis, Thomas
Jefferson, and the Opening of the American West, by Stephen E. Ambrose, we will set our sights to discussions of the American journey of Lewis and Clark. Stay tuned and also see a memorable mentioning of our Book Club in The Armed Forces Retirement Home's Newsletter (Communicator Excerpt Link).
Glenna (The Kind Kids Organization)