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    Tom & Vic have a date with history-July 4, 2007

    We thought it might be fun to visit Las Vegas July 4th: have dinner at the Stratosphere and watch the fireworks over the strip. We made all the reservations and have been anticipating the trip. That all changed when the mail arrived today.

    An invitation arrived... reading, in part:

    "The Commanding Officer
    USS CONSTITUTION
    Commander William A. Bullard III
    requests the pleasure of your company for the
    Independence Day
    Underway Demonstration
    On Wednesday, the fourth day of July
    two thousand seven at eleven o'clock
    onboard USS CONSTITUTION"



    Each year, "Old Ironsides" sails out of Boston Harbor for a special Independence Day celebration. A few hundred civilians are allowed to come along. Selection is by lottery. Out of about 600,000 entries, a few hundred are selected. This year, we got lucky!

    So, Vegas will be cancelled and a flight to Boston will be scheduled. I cannot begin to tell you how excited we are about this. The USS CONSTITUTION is the oldest US Navy ship afloat. Commissioned by George Washington, it was launched in 1797 and continues to be maintained in perfect condition. The rivits of the hull were hand-fashioned by Paul Revere. You can read more here:


    To take part in this celebration aboard this historic vessel is truly an honor. This will be a July 4th to remember. Of course, I'll be taking a ton of pics and maybe a little video to share when we return.

    I'm just a little stunned.
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    Re: Tom & Vic have a date with history-July 4, 2007

    Tom, that is awesome! Vegas can surely wait. Congratulations to you and your wife for having this extraordinary opportunity.
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    Re: Tom & Vic have a date with history-July 4, 2007

    That is so cool!!!
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    Re: Tom & Vic have a date with history-July 4, 2007

    Wow that sounds amazing! Have a wonderful time!



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    Re: Tom & Vic have a date with history-July 4, 2007

    Wow, that is awesome! We're going to be in Boston from the 18th to the 23rd if you're still in town. I visit the USS Constitution, and everything else on the Freedom walk, every time I visit.

    That is huge!

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    Re: Tom & Vic have a date with history-July 4, 2007

    What an honor! Cant wait to see pics!


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    Re: Tom & Vic have a date with history-July 4, 2007

    Oh, wow, how exciting!

    Is it totally corny of me to say that I got shivery reading your post?
    She did it!


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    Re: Tom & Vic have a date with history-July 4, 2007

    Fantastic....congrats
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    Re: Tom & Vic have a date with history-July 4, 2007

    You are so lucky! What an amazing opportunity! Please take lots of photos and have a great time!
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    Re: Tom & Vic have a date with history-July 4, 2007

    How exciting! I'll be waiting anxiously for your trip report!

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    Re: Tom & Vic have a date with history-July 4, 2007

    OMG, Tom, that is so cool! Cannot wait to see your pics. Lucky.
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    Re: Tom & Vic have a date with history-July 4, 2007

    But man, it's Vegas! Screw history!










    Kidding! Sounds completely awesome! You're lucky to get the opportunity!
    What an idiot....

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    Re: Tom & Vic have a date with history-July 4, 2007

    Wow that is so cool. I wasn't even aware that they did this but you can be sure I will be trying to get my name in from now on
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    Re: Tom & Vic have a date with history-July 4, 2007

    Wow... sounds like it's going to be a great experience. I can't wait to see pics!

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    Re: Tom & Vic have a date with history-July 4, 2007

    Wow that is so awesome! Congratulations. Cant wait to see pictures!
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