Saturday afternoon I got together with 35,000 of my closest friends for the 23rd annual "Salute to Independence" at Antietam National Battlefield.
This is one of my favorite events, and judging from the size of the very jolly crowd, many others feel that way too! The Salute, Battle Anniversary, and the Illumination are yearly milestones on the battlefield, and reminders of how happy I am to be a part of it all.
A young artilleryman of the Maryland National Guard watches the fireworks.
The Maryland Monument stood sentry over the the revelers as they made their ways home.
Hope to see you next year.