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Freedom is Not Free


This is a continuation of our Series of California Missions. Shot on Memorial Day from the beautiful back Garden at The King of Missions in Oceanside. This is appropriate for Independence Day…and a reminder that Freedom is Not Free!

During the American Revolution, the legal separation of the Thirteen 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’s 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. www.kerstenbeck.com

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One response

  1. Wow, Erik, absolutely poignant. I just love this shot here today. Really fabulous work, my friend. We hope you guys had a great weekend, we sure did!

    July 5, 2011 at 1:29 pm

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