August 01, 2008

Day 5 Old Glory & Liberty Bell

East Coast Trip: Day 5
We have a busy day ahead of us today. We left the D.C. area and our wonderful hosts the Farnes' and headed north.

Our first stop: Fort McHenry. We were greeted by "Old Glory" as we arrived. Fort McHenry holds wonderful stories of courage, sacrifice and miracles.

"Oh say can you see..."

This is another favorite spot. Yes, it's true, we have lots of favorites on this trip!

Fort McHenry is significant because this is where Francis Scott Key was when he wrote the Star Spangled Banner. It was this Fort that he watched from his window aboard the British ship on September 13, 1814. It was this Fort that was being attacked and bombed all through the night. It was this Fort's ramparts that glared red from explosions. It was above this Fort that the bombs burst in the air. It was this Fort that was miraculously preserved with rainfall which prevented the British cannons from exploding and doing their damage. And it was on this Fort's flagpole that Francis Scott Key strained to see, through smoke & through rain, if the flag was still there, waving victoriously in the dawn's early light, over the land of the free!

" O'er the land of the free... and the home of the brave."

Our next stop: Philadelphia

Independence Hall where the Continental Congress met. Where our Founding Fathers discussed & debated whether or not they should break free from Britain, whether or not they should declare war on Britain, whether or not they should declare independence for themselves, whether or not they should establish a new country... and if so, how in the world they would ever accomplish such a feat! I can only imagine what those meetings were like ~the exciting, animated, even heated discussions that surely took place. How I would love to go back in time and visit those meetings!
It was here in Independence Hall that those courageous men took that daring leap and signed the Declaration of Independence and later the Constitution.
It is in this bell tower that the Liberty Bell originally hung and rang.

We finally got a photo after what I feared might become another American Revolution for a turn in front of the bell! (the "battle" with a large asian family who insisted on taking individual photos and then a variety of group photos over and over "Okay, now you take one with her." "Okay, now I take one with Cho." "Very good, now you take one with Cho and Sue Ling" "Now, I take one with Sue Ling and Cho.") :{

We found some real people from 1776! :)

End of Day 5

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