In the USA, everyone enjoys July the 4th, because it is always a holiday! Certainly we take for granted this annual break, and it is the customary starting date for summer vacation. Besides associating the date with fireworks and picnics, a few other special celebrations remain in my memory. In particular, July 4th, 1969, was a very special one. We were invited to a picnic by Miss Clara Jones,to join with Faith and Wendell Friest and their two new daughters at Wulai waterfall, near Taipei. It was a beautiful day, a few of us had an enjoyable swim in the stream.
At night, Janice and I were invited by the Taiwan Ministry of Foreign Affairs to a July 4th celebration party. It was eye-opening for us to see how a formal party was held by one country to celebrate another country’s holiday!