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We have talked about a lot of rooms on this little blog. There have been rooms in castles, beach houses, hotels, and even my house. This next room may be the most important room of them all. Do you recognize it?

This is the room in Independence Hall in Philadelphia where the founding fathers signed the Declaration of Independence on July 4, 1776. Imagine yourself as a delegate in this room and think of the moment when you had to affix your name to a document that would change the course of history.

Independence Hall interior

It must have been stifling in the small chamber on the 4th of July.  You would have been wearing a wool waist coat and probably a powdered wig.  There were crowds of people waiting outside and someone ready to ring what is now called the liberty bellBenjamin Franklin, wearing his round glasses, was poised to argue the point that the colonies should seek independence from Great Britain and Caesar Rodney was on his way from Delaware, riding at a gallop all night and through a thunderstorm to break the deadlock. Even though he suffered from malignant facial cancer and wore a green veil, he made the arduous trip.

The chair on the podium at the front of the hall where George Washington sat, had an ornate sun carved into the back of it.

Later, James Madison reported Benjamin Franklin saying, “I have often looked at that behind the president without being able to tell whether it was rising or setting.  But now I…know that it is a rising…sun.”

And so, on this 4th of July remember the rising sun and the United States of America.  We have had some clouds but they always make way for the golden sun that rises every day.  God Bless the United States of America!  God Bless our troops who are currently in harm’s way.

HAPPY 4TH OF JULY!

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