Can you hear them? Can you see them? Can you imagine the courage it required for these men, our founding fathers, to gather together 234 years ago in Philadelphia on July 4th to declare our independence?
“We hold these Truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal,…” 56 men signed the Declaration of Independence in this very room. They risked everything for their beliefs. Some paid with their lives before we finally gained our freedom.
The Liberty Bell tolled on July 8, 1776 to call the citizens of Philadelphia together for the first reading of the Declaration of Independence (or so tradition tells us). Visit The Liberty Bell to read the history.
I took these photos back in 1970 or 1971 (I don’t remember which) when everyone had free access to Independence Hall and the Liberty Bell was on display within the building. I’ve been saving them for the right time and remembered them last night as I sat thinking and reflecting.
“…that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Happiness — That to secure these Rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just Powers from the Consent of the Governed, that whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these Ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government, laying its Foundation on such Principles, and organizing its Powers in such Form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness…”