"Tha artivist salutes the Jazz Lieutenant!!!
r2c2h2 makes a pilgrimage to pay homage to the most honorable Lt. James Reese Europe!!!"
I spent almost 10 hours at Arlington National Cemetery in Arlington,VA, over a period of 2 days (June 18 & 19, 2012) looking for the grave of one of my heroes, Lt. James Reese Europe, jazz pioneer, renowned band leader, and founder of the legendary Harlem Hellfighters Regimental Band...I had to actually postpone my leaving Washington DC by a day because I was determined to find it...Although I was initially given bad directions and nobody from the park rangers, Arlington staff or military police could seem to help me in my time of need the Universe aka GOD had other plans...The ancestor blessed me by making his presence known and everything came full circle...The best things in life are the things worth working and sacrificing for...Lt. Europe 'overstood' this and that was the reason why I wrote and illustrated my first book about him 7 years ago...
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