John Turner and Independence Day

Today, Independence Day, I went to Turner Cemetery and stood beside the grave of John Turner. What an poignant experience! Turner took part in the momentous events that created our great country. He was not a soldier, but he worked as a scout and translator for the army before and during the Revolutionary War and the Indian Wars that followed. Afterwards he settled into a prosperous farming life in Squirrel Hill. And today, amazingly, I can stand by his grave on the Fourth of July. A great gulf of time separates us, but the location endures.

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