|"Declaration of Independence, July 4th , 1776"|
by John Trumbull
12" x 18"
oil on canvas
The first painting that Trumbull completed for the Rotunda shows the presentation of the Declaration of Independence in what is now called Independence Hall, Philadelphia.
The painting features the committee that drafted the Declaration of Independence — John Adams, Roger Sherman, Thomas Jefferson (presenting the document), and Benjamin Franklin — standing before John Hancock, the President of the Continental Congress.
The painting includes portraits of 42 of the 56 signers and 5 other patriots. The artist sketched the individuals and the room from life.
The painting was commissioned in 1817 ,purchased in 1819 and hung in the Rotunda in 1826.
Look at those signatures yall. They give me goosebumps when I see them and my heart swells with pride when I read over them.
Do you remember in school having to memorize the Preamble to the Constitution of the United States?
Remember, "WE, the people of the United States.......
For many it was just words we had to learn. To my father it was what we lived by. Kinda like the Ten Commandments.
NOW, we are grateful for those words that set our course and established our rules by which we are governed. But how many of us live by those rules? How many children do we instill these beliefs today? Do they still memorize the Preamble in school? Are they taught the meaning of those words and why they are our Preamble? This is what The Preamble means to me:
WE the people of the United States ( all of us yall, not just whoever chooses to adopt these words)
In order to form a more perfect Union ( they did this to establish a better place for us all, as we should be striving to maintain and keep that way)
Establish justice ( yes we have rules we need to live by and officials we need to respect!)
Insure Domestic tranquility ( insure we have peace here at home, the United States of America. We need to do our part to keep the peace!)
Provide for the common Defense! ( We have to support our troops and those that do not , don't need to be here!!)
Promote the general welfare ( take care of each other!!!!!! If you see someone in need, help them out!)
And secure the blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our Prosperity! ( Liberty equals freedom. It is a blessing! Not only for us but for our children and grandchildren and for their children to come)
Do ordain! (ORDAIN? To order by virtue of AUTHORITY. They had the RIGHT and AUTHORITY to establish our Constitution for us!)
And establish this Constitution of the United States of America! ( ESTABLISH! FOREVER AND EVER! We need to help insure that our Constitution is upheld, NOW and FOREVER!)
There is another word at the top of the Declaration of the United States that I feel is oh so important;
"Unanimous"! The Declaration states " The unanimous Declaration....."
Unanimous? What does that mean? Well, ole Webster states:
- Sharing the same opinions or views; being in complete harmony or accord.
- Based on or characterized by complete assent or agreement.
Yall, we have to join together. In one accord. Complete harmony. If you love being an American or if you are just visiting, take time to learn what we live by. Go back and really read the Preamble!
Preamble? What does that word mean? Webster states:
- A preliminary statement, especially the introduction to a formal document that serves to explain its purpose.
The Preamble is explaining the purpose of our Constitution and giving us a glimpse of what governs ALL Americans!
Countries all over the world call America great! It is because we ARE a great country.
Yes, at times we fail.
Sometimes we do things that do not make me proud,
but I do know that my neighbor has my back and we have theirs!!
We need to STAND TOGETHER! AS ONE NATION! UNDER GOD! Uphold our Constitution. Support our neighbors. Help those in need. Stand behind our troops, 100%! , when they are at home, while they are serving AND when they are no longer serving! They deserve our support and respect and help ALWAYS!
We owe this to ourselves, our forefathers, our future generations and we damn sure owe it to those that serve to protect this Declaration of ours!
I hope that yall have a wonderful and safe 4th of July! Remember what we are celebrating. Share with your children and grandchildren our Declaration of Independence!
be safe yall!