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[54 Pearl Street, Lower Manhattan, New York, May 28, 2011]
I had a business trip to New York City at the end of May. I looked forward to the trip as this would be my first visit to New York since . . . the Christmas of 1954!
New York was where we boarded a ship bound for Brazil, our home for the next two years (1954-56). Happily, our departure was delayed, and we made the most of it. Dad took us to the great museums, famous historical sites, and department stores. Somehow, Santa managed to find our ship and leave toys in our cabin. That was almost 57 years ago. Memories are made of this.
I could not have picked a better time to return to New York. The weather was perfect and the City had rolled out the red carpet for the military. It was â€œFleet Week,â€ and the Nationâ€™s young heroes were everywhere, enjoying all the things there are to do in this great urban center.
On my day off, I rode the subway and explored the City from the Battery to Central Park, and back. I looked for the â€œStage Door Canteenâ€ on West 44th Street, where my mother-in-law had worked as a hostess during the Second World War. I walked to the site of the Twin Towers. It is a reverential site. And it is coming back to life!
Our business sessions were held in the Fraunces Tavern. This iconic building is a stoneâ€™s throw from Wall Street, the East River, and Battery Park. The area bristles with history.
It was on the second floor of the Fraunces Tavern that General George Washington of Virginia forever cemented his legacy as the â€œFather of Our Country.â€ It was here, in 1783, just days after the last British soldier departed American soil, that Washington bade his officers a fond farewell. It was time to lay down the sword and return to the plow.
Like Cincinnatus in Roman antiquity, Washington could have been crowned king. Instead, he chose to go home to his beloved Mt. Vernon, which he had not seen in eight years . . .
As always, thanks for stopping by!
Also by Richard Knight
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