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On the 4th of July 2012

Cantigny Park (Wheaton)

Cantigny Park

The estate of Col. Robert McCormick, named
after a battle fought near this village in Picardy.

The grounds. It was really too hot to stroll around but it's a lovely, green, flowery park.
Something a little strange about the sight of kids playing on tanks,
not to mention tanks painted up to look like playground equipment.

The Great Lakes Naval Airstation Band gave a concert

The First Division Museum
McCormick served in this Division in World War I. The museum treats key battles of the Division in many wars.
The faces of the mannequins are very good, even startling. All the displays are good. This is a first-rate war museum.

The American Revolution and The Civil War
The Spanish-American War
Artwork from World War I
(Left) The first three Americans to die in France as part of the American Expeditionary Force.

World War II
You sit in what feels like one of the landing craft and watch a video of men disembarking and going ashore.