Friday, March 31, 2017

Juan de Fucca Strait and Thoughts on Lafayette, the Hero of Two Worlds

It was a beautiful day and we sailed on the ferry across the Juan de Fucca Strait from Victoria, Canada to Port Angeles, Washington.  We have been spending about two months studying the American Revolution through historical documents and documentaries, old journals, poetry, and paintings.  Finally, we arrive at Lafayette.
French aristocrat Gilbert du Motier or better knowns as simply "Lafayette" was only 19 when he defied King Louis XVI's order and braved the Atlantic to assist the rebellious Americans in 1777, somehow convincing the Continental Army to commission him as a general.  Though wounded in his first battle, he provided great relief in the war effort, blocking Corwallis from escape to force the decisive Siege of Yorktown.  Years later, with the help of Thomas Jefferson, he helped pen The Declaration of the Rights of Man which framed France's revolution and a social republic.   After the ratification of the U.S. Constitution, he was awarded an Honorary American citizenship by Congress.  Furthermore, at the age of 72, he took charge of the French National Guard and rushed to the aid of the French revolutionaries after King Charles suspended the Free Press in 1830.  He is buried in Paris with dirt from Bunker Hill and presented with the title: The Hero of the Two Worlds.
I talk so much to my daughters about living a great life, I sometimes forget... to live my own.  Standing on the deck today, wind in my face, crossing the strait, there's happiness in my heart.  Here's to being the Hero of your own story!

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