Tuesday, July 04, 2006

Free and Independent States

We, therefore, the Representatives of the united States of America, in General Congress, Assembled, appealing to the Supreme Judge of the world for the rectitude of our intentions, do, in the Name, and by Authority of the good People of these Colonies, solemnly publish and declare, That these United Colonies are, and of Right ought to be Free and Independent States; that they are Absolved from all Allegiance to the British Crown, and that all political connection between them and the State of Great Britain, is and ought to be totally dissolved; and that as Free and Independent States, they have full Power to levy War, conclude Peace, contract Alliances, establish Commerce, and to do all other Acts and Things which Independent States may of right do. And for the support of this Declaration, with a firm reliance on the protection of divine Providence, we mutually pledge to each other our Lives, our Fortunes and our sacred Honor.

~ conclusion to the Declaration of Independence, July 4, 1776


Blogger Beverly said...

I didn't ever go to Washington DC until I was 50 years old, and I think seeing the Declaration of iNdependence was the most awesome experience that I had...and there were many.

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Anonymous Jonathan said...

I have only been to DC once and that was to take part in Bush's first inauguration. Unfortunately, all the museums were closed.

Seeing the Declaration of Independence is on the top of my list of things to see...whenever I have the opportunity to visit DC next.

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