Saturday, July 4, 2009

Unfurl the flag

Happy 4th of July to all Americans! May we all live long and FREE!


During the American Revolution, the legal separation of the American colonies from Great Britain occurred on July 2, 1776, when the Second Continental Congress voted to approve a resolution of independence that had been proposed in June by Richard Henry Lee of Virginia. After voting for independence, Congress turned its attention to the Declaration of Independence, a statement explaining this decision, which had been prepared by a Committee of Five, with Thomas Jefferson as its principal author. Congress debated and revised the Declaration, finally approving it on July 4. A day earlier, John Adams had written to his wife Abigail:
“The second day of July, 1776, will be the most memorable epoch in the history of America. I am apt to believe that it will be celebrated by succeeding generations as the great anniversary festival. It ought to be commemorated as the day of deliverance, by solemn acts of devotion to God Almighty. It ought to be solemnized with pomp and parade, with shows, games, sports, guns, bells, bonfires, and illuminations, from one end of this continent to the other, from this time forward forever more.”

Adams' prediction was off by two days. From the outset, Americans celebrated independence on July 4, the date shown on the much-publicized Declaration of Independence, rather than on July 2, the date the resolution of independence was approved in a closed session of Congress.

One of the most enduring myths about Independence Day is that Congress signed the Declaration of Independence on July 4, 1776. The myth had become so firmly established that, decades after the event and nearing the end of their lives, even the elderly Thomas Jefferson and John Adams had come to believe that they and the other delegates had signed the Declaration on the fourth. Most delegates actually signed the Declaration on August 2, 1776. In a remarkable series of coincidences, both John Adams and Thomas Jefferson, two founding fathers of the United States and the only two men who signed the Declaration of Independence to become president, died on the same day: July 4, 1826, which was the United States' 50th anniversary. President James Monroe died exactly five years later, on July 4, 1831, but he was not a signatory to the Declaration of Independence. source- wikipedia

Unfurl the Flag - song: Boys Keep Swinging, artist: David Bowie, album: Lodger

5 comments:

Dan and Betty Cooksey said...

Yallah is a good representation of what it means to live free.

Thanks,

Dan

Nuzzling Muzzles said...

Did your horses get used to that flag pretty quick? I remember several years ago my nosy neighbor came outside while I was riding and decided to hang a flag from the fence right where I was riding. I had to stop whichever horse I was riding and have him/her face the flag. It didn't help that it was a windy day. Fortunately, she couldn't figure out how to mount it to keep it from hitting the ground, so she gave up.

Andrea said...

What great shots!! I love the one of Annie and Yalla with the flag!! Happy Fourth of July!!

Laughing Orca Ranch said...

Interesting history. I don't remember learning that in school either. Very cool!
That last photo is so pretty with Yalla and the flag.

~Lisa

The Wades said...

Historic chills. Thanks so much for the history lesson. There's so much I missed in school. I really should go back and read. . .

Happy late 4th to you.