Sunday, May 23, 2010

Some of Philly...

This betrays my abject ignorance of important things but I never realized how much Philly is integral to the history of the formation of the United States.  It was the first capital of the US, the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution were written there, the houses of three branches of government were originally built in the same block, the first flag was made there and so, so much more.  It's pretty awe inspiring to visit and humbling to realize I'll never be able to fully appreciate the gravity and importance of those times.  People don't take the time to thank the men depicted in this room for their sacrifice and dedication to the tasks that they set themselves to accomplish.

This is in the Constitution Center.  In most of it you can't take photographs, but people were sneaking them here.  There were a lot more of these statues and you can see plaques imbedded in the floor at their feet that had their name and state on them.  We also went to the Ancient Rome & America exhibit that shows how much ancient Rome influenced the founders of the country and Americans as a whole at that time.
"John Adams referred to the Constitution as “the greatest single effort of national deliberation that the world has ever seen” and George Washington wrote to the Marquis de Lafayette that 'It (the Constitution) appears to me, then, little short of a miracle.' "  See this quote and many other interesting facts here.


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