My name is VERN and I am the author of this report. Not being educated in history beyond high school, it is even puzzling to myself why I write historical material. If you enter "Vern Bouwman" into your search engine however, it will come right up.
In May of 2001, while my wife and I were vacationing with our cousins in the Black Hills of South Dakota, we came upon Fort Meade, just east Sturgis. In the central area of the fort, across from the museum, there is this sign that is entitled "It Started Here". It gained my attention, I photographed it and we went on reviewing the fort and on with our vacation.
Posting my material on the web began in about 2003. It wasn't until 2008, that I created and posted my video, The Star Spangled Banner. I am not aware that any of my material is being noticed to well because the counter I have is still under 150,000. Five years ago, an email with this sound track was going around and as its intention, it inspired me, so I created the video. The words on the screen are well recorded in history, but the words in the sound track are different. What is said is entirely possible but maybe not recorded in historic documents. They are inspiring.
A few days ago, [January of 2013] a discussion was started on "This Inauguration Day" and directed participants to a video "1812 - Uncle Sam's First War". It's very good. I commented with a link to my video. The discussion originator came back after watching part of it, saying it was awful and could watch no more, It's too misleading. I took my links off the web leading to my video. But; on searching on the web, in ten minutes I found 3 videos on Youtube using the same sound track and 3 more videos using their own sounds. One person felt he needed to apologize for making his video after it was criticized. This criticism is not necessary. The videos are inspiring and we are free to express our feelings. I am leaving my video on the web, but in a different way, through the link above and this web page. Now; go through the links below and see how many images are redrawn by me and what recordings can be found on the web.
There are many pieces of information on the web that are actually incorrect. See my response to a quick creation placed by the History Channel. What ever inspires persons to make up what they feel is how something works? "How the Dial Phone Works". My career included repairing telephones. :)