July 4th is a day for fireworks, bbqs', going to the beach, watching "Jaws" for the 100th time and celebrating the Declaration of Independence. But today on Martha's Vineyard, July 4th will now be synonymous with a fire that destroyed two landmarks which date back to the early 1800's.
Friends of mine, some close and some I haven't seen in years were all there today watching the fire rip through these two buildings. Some of my friends work at the Bunch of Grapes bookstore and some are the firefighters who put out the blaze, including my brother.
No one was killed and only one minor injury occurred from a firefighter which was amazing since the blaze started at 9:15am on a busy warm sunny day- on a little island known to most where they filmed "Jaws" almost 35 years ago or where the Clintons and the Kennedy's vacation.
But to us who have lived here all our lives and for people who have been coming here for nearly that long or longer. It's a little humbling to see a place where you walk by everyday to pick up the paper or to sit on the bench parked in-front of Cafe Moxie now all gone.
Tomorrow all that will be left is the charred remains of a history forgotten.