On September 2, 2016, Mother Nature threw a spectacular party at Cape Henlopen State Park in Lewes, DE, for the dedication of “Mighty Mo,” a 16-inch gun from the battleship USS Missouri.  More than 100 people were in attendance, including veterans, volunteers, community leaders, local citizens, and dignitaries, with Delaware Governor Jack Markell (pictured above) kicking off the ceremony. The date marked the 71st anniversary of the Japanese surrender on board the Missouri, signifying the end of World War II.

With the arrival of Mighty Mo, Artillery Park in historic Fort Miles–along with the eventual Fort Miles Museum–is now gaining national attention as one of the country’s premier showcases for WWII exhibits, reenactments, and a chance for visitors to get up close and personal with some of the most pivotal moments in our nation’s history.

Make no mistake–Mighty Mo is impressive–but equally impressive was my view looking over the Governor’s shoulder.  The panoramic serenity of the Atlantic Ocean (literally, the calm before the storm–Hermine was a day or two away) served as a scenic backdrop and constant reminder of the stunning beauty that is Cape Henlopen State Park.  I was not only inspired by my surroundings, but filled with gratitude for this magical place–and for Mighty Mo–who got the hero’s welcome he so deserves, amid the peace and tranquility of Mother Nature.

 

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