Across the country on Wednesday, people will be celebrating Independence Day.
In this week’s Flashback Friday, we take a look at the Fourth of July celebration at Mount Rushmore in 1980.
It was like the good old days before the gas price increases.
The lot was full, some tourists taking advantage of the helicopter service to avoid the crowds. But most enjoyed the special activities and shutters were constantly going off to capture remembrance of the four faces on the mountain.
There were speeches all relying heavily on patriotism.
“And of all the things you hear critical going on about it today, it still is the one great hope of mankind.”
But it was more than just a day for speeches and raising flags.
“It’s a day inscribed with tradition, tragedy and pictures that are inscribed in our memories and our hearts.”
It was also a day for review and taking special notice of the park rangers, all working overtime in the heat to treat with kid gloves tourists that have been staying away.
“Just been on board with this region just for a very short time and she’s looking us over pretty hard.”
And I gather we’re getting some pretty favorable comments and I’m sure where we need some assistance she’s going to provided it for us.”
They filled the amphitheater to sing songs and to listen. But most of all to look. To look at the unfinished masterpiece most recognized as the nations shrine of democracy.
Terry Harris, KELOLAND News at Mount Rushmore.