Fire of Liberty
As a student of history and a great admirer of the traditions of the British monarchy, I'm rather psyched about Queen Elizabeth II's upcoming visit to Virginia to celebrate the 400th birthday of the founding of Jamestown. While most people are accustomed to various leaders/heads of states from around the world visiting the White House, the Queen's visit is more special because she's coming outside of the D.C. Beltway to the rolling hills of Virginia to honor our country and celebrate our history thus demonstrating once again the bonds that exist amongst the English speaking nations of the UK and the United States. Even better is the fact that the Queen and Prince Phillip are also going to spend time with our armed forces personnel and will venture to Kentucky this weekend to attend the Kentucky Derby. I surely beats hobnobbing with the stuff shirts in D.C. or New York City(Though I bet they'll come to her in Virginia and Kentucky). I hope she has a good time and the American people take in the historic visit.
*Also, check out Richard Brookhiser's wonderful piece over at Time on the 400th birthday of Jamestown.