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It was 236 years ago that an amazing idea was put into words and a new experiment in governance was begun.
… We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.
The Declaration of Independence was signed in the room shown above in Independence Hall, Philadelphia. If you look closely you can see Benjamin Franklin’s walking stick on the table on the right.
In the war that followed American militiamen took on Europe’s strongest army. For several years the Americans lost more battles than they won, but they persisted.
Finally, in 1781, a British army surrendered at Yorktown, Virginia. For all practical purposes that ended the war. ‘Yankee Doodle’ had won.
The experiment continues to this day. The nation hasn’t always lived up to the ideals expressed all those years ago, but it does keep striving toward the goal.
Happy Birthday, USA!