Happy Independence Day from one of the original 13 colonies! I have had the privelege of growing up in Delaware, rich in United States history, both good and bad! If you're not careful you can walk past places with lots of stories to tell, but have no idea that they were important in our nations history. A place I love to photograph is historic New Castle in Delaware, along the Delaware River. Huge efforts have been made to maintain this area as a historic site. It helps that I am a history nerd along with a photographer!
I love the ending of the Declaration of Independence,
"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."
Do you know what kind of courage and bravery had to accompany these words? I admire the founding fathers and today is a day to remember them. Thankful for the story of this country and a little sad at where it stands today. "Hope springs eternal" though and I believe we can get some things back on track here in the US of A! Happy 4th my friends!