We visited the Yorktown Battlefield in June 2019. Yorktown was the site of the last major battle for America’s Independence from Britain in 1781. British General Cornwallis surrendered to American General Washington. The battle consisted of the British and the Germans against the Americans and the French.
The Battle at Yorktown marks the completion of America’s independence from England and the freedom to embark on it’s own journey as a sovereign nation. From here America has become a testament as the greatest nation of democracy and freedom in the history of the world.
It seems fitting America won it’s independence in the same place it all started, one hundred seventy four years earlier in 1706 at Jamestown, Virginia. It’s a tragedy that on April 17, 1861, eighty years after the victory in 1781, Virginia would vote for secession from the United States over states rights to govern themselves and the Civil War that followed.
The Yorktown Battlefield Monument commemorates the Victory over the British and the eventual independence and freedom from Britain. The 13 women holding arms on the monument represent the 13 original colonies and their commitment to unity. The words under the 13 women says, “one country; one constitution; one destiny.”.
The Yorktown monument is a place every American should visit as a reminder of where we came from and to reflect on where we are headed as a nation. I wonder if our forefathers had our current political and cultural climate in mind when they wrote the constitution and fought to give birth to The United States of America…