By Mr. Millard
August 2, 2012
So, the past spring break rather than the classic trip to a beach in Florida or the Bahamas and laying in the sun for 7 days, I took a different approach. Me and my cousin (who is a history major) decided to load up the car and head east. After 13 hours of turnpikes and intense road trip music, we hit our first stop: Gettysburg National Park. At first I saw it only as a place of immense beauty, and wonderful natural attractions. But as I divulged into the town, and explored the museums I found the true beauty. The mere preservation of our wonderful country and the trials we have been through was enough to open my eyes too the hidden wonders that exist in our National Parks. We spent only one day at Gettysburg before moving down to other various sites. But the impact stayed through the whole trip, and when I got home I began rethinking my direction in life. I had always been a history buff, but never knew exactly how to apply my love for our countries story. After that trip I found out how to accomplish my dream. The best way for me to provide my assistance to our nation, is to help preserve its past. And it is because of this realization that I am on the path to get into the National Park services. Helping to preserve our nations history in any way possible, is my dream. Not only am I infatuated with the historical aspect of the National Parks, but I can't imagine living life in an office doing the same monotonous things every day. Being outdoors and experiencing the beauty of this country is all I can hope for in life. And I can only dream that everyone gets their own chance to discover their true calling, for it's never too late to do so.
The Battle of Gettysburg was a turning point in the Civil War, providing a Union victory in the summer of 1863 that ended General Robert E. Lee's second and most ambitious invasion of the North. Often referred to as the "High Water Mark of the Confederacy", it was the war's bloodiest battle with 51,000 casualties. It also provided President Abraham Lincoln with the setting for his most famous address.