Friday, March 24, 2017
Reading the Declaration of Independence in Vancouver Canada
(Vancouver Canada Wharf)
"When in the course of human events it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the political bands which have connected them with another and to assume among the powers of the earth, the separate and equal station to which the laws of nature and nature’s God entitle them, a decent respect to the opinions of mankind requires that they should declare the causes which impel them to the separation.” -Declaration of Independence
Have you ever read the American Declaration of Independence? Just read it to yourself out loud?
(Statue for Fallen Soldiers, Vancouver)
“We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal… That among these are life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.” -Declaration of Independence
Most people probably haven't. Oh, you know the highlights: The 'All men are created... ' the 'Life, liberty and pursuit of... ' but that's about it.
(Boot Corral, Vancouver)
“That whenever any form of government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the right of the people to alter or to abolish it, and to institute a new government, lay its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their safety and happiness.” -Declaration of Independence
Most people know that the Declaration of Independence was written by Thomas Jefferson and adopted by the Second Continental Congress on July 4th, 1776 at Independence Hall in Philadelphia.
(Statue of Gassy Jack, legendary Vancouver Innovator)
“The history of the present King of Great Britain is a history of repeated injuries and usurpations, all having in direct object the establishment of an absolute tyranny over these states….” -Declaration of Independence
And depending on who you talk to... they might mention Benjamin Franklin's editing or John Adams influence or maybe even the French: Declaration of the Rights of Man.
(Vancouver Harbor and View of Stanley Park)
“He has plundered our seas, ravaged our coasts, burnt our towns, and destroyed the lives of our people…. He has excited domestic insurrections among us, and has endeavored to bring on the inhabitants of our frontiers…” -Declaration of Independence
But regardless, it stands as one of the greatest most influential documents in world history... and America's Birth Certificate.
(Vancouver Icon, the Steam Clock)
“In every stage of these oppressions. We have petitioned for redress in the most humble terms…” -Declaration of Independence
While traveling through Vancouver, Canada, we sat in a hotel room huddled around a small desk and read it to one another. My three daughters taking turns... it's been one of the highlights of our American Revolutionary Unit.
(Street Art Mosaic, Vancouver)
“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 the authority of the good people of these Colonies, solemnly publish and declare.” -Declaration of Independence
Whatever a person's political beliefs, it's still such an important document. It's worth everyone's time to take ten minutes... and just read it aloud with someone today.
(Hartenstein Girls... Pursuit of Happiness)
“That these united Colonies are, and of Right, out to be Free and Independent States, that they are absolved from all Allegiance to the British Crown…” -Declaration of Independence
We finished reading then went outside into the rain and enjoyed a night in Vancouver. I know, being in Canada has very little to do with our American documents... but that's where we are...and I'm a stickler for schedules. I miss you, America. Everything you should be, everything you still can become.