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We watch, and take pictures.  This is a portion of the same shot.

Haul out your stashed $2 bill, and look at the back.  If you have inclination for one link today, check out this one . . . “things you may not know about the Declaration.”  I certainly didn’t. And here’s more than you ever wanted to know about that image.

And if you’re wondering what the King thought, to Parliament he declared:  “daring and desperate is the spirit of those [signers], whose object has always been dominion and power….”  For the rest of context, click here.

Now read some or several versions of the declaration:  here or here.  It’s less than 1500 words.

Happy Fourth.  Be safe.  Listen to and enjoy a civil conversation with someone whose political leaning is different from your own.

And if you wish, here are 10 of the hardest questions on the citizenship test.  I got 80%, so I’m entitled to keep my citizenship.

All photos by Will Van Dorp, taken on July 4, 2012 between 2045 and 2100.  Thanks Capt. Pam Hepburn for the opportunity aboard Peg.

 

Happy Independence Day.    Take a 20-question quiz about the Declaration here . . .  make a joyful noise when you get your score.

Or . . .

Just read some facts about the D of I here . . . .  Then ring the bells and

beat the drum and

before you bathe in the light of illuminations . . .

read the actual Declaration here.

or listen to a famous voice (1957) read it here.

Celebrate those who ensure this

independence . . . . and our right to disagree with each other about what it means.  After all, not even the several dozen signers 236 years ago could agree about what to say and when to sign.

Happy and smart Independence Day.

All fotos by Will Van Dorp.

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