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BEYOND THE FENCE: A colossal achievement

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Queen Anne’s lace bordered the Deer Haven Park roadways like a white carpet laid out for our arrival. The tour bus crept along roadways originally paved in 1941 as tour guide Frank Arpino and driver John Hunt hosted their visitors. Late-summer crickets hummed, their song carried on the westward breeze as we pulled to a stop at one of the massive munitions igloos.

Upon disembarking, an overwhelming sense of calm, peaceful energy hovered among a lingering scent of ripened vegetation. An unseen bee buzzed nearby, and a lone songbird could be heard calling in the distance.

Suddenly, the hum of the cicadas began soft and low, entrancing, like a concerto of nature that gradually reached a crescendo and then quieted, as if seeking one’s pause of awe, followed by a rippled standing ovation and applause.

In that moment, time seemed to turn back the years like one would finger........

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