|In 1976 even Disney World|
was celebrating the Bicentennial! *
Do you remember The Bicentennial year of 1976? I was only fourteen, but it was a big celebration in my home state of Massachusetts, and the rest of the country seemed to be in on it, too.
There were several budding poets in my family that year. I was cleaning out several files from the Wilkinson Family and I found these poems written around the country's Bicentennial Year. I am posting these for both the weekly Amanuenis Monday blogger theme, and for Bill West's Great Genealogy Poetry Challenge, which you can read about at this link: http://westinnewengland.blogspot.com/2011/10/third-annual-great-genealogy-poetry.html
The first poem is by my grandmother, Bertha Roberts Wilkinson (1887-1990) She was born in Leeds, Yorkshire, England and came to Massachusetts in 1917. She lived through World War II in Beverly, Massachusetts worrying about her home country, and then during the Bicentennial I'm sure she had conflicting feelings about America's relationship with England. She was very proud to write this patriotic poem.
Copyright 2011, Heather Wilkinson Rojo