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October 22, 2013

Remember what it is to be an American

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Here’s another one I’ll bet nobody knows, (I certainly didn’t). It’s The American’s Creed. According to the same source as above, William Tyler Page, Clerk of the U.S. House of Representatives, wrote “The American’s Creed” in 1917. It was accepted by the House on behalf of the American people on April 3, 1918. It reads: “I believe in the United States of America as a government of the people, by the people, for the people, whose just powers are derived from the consent of the governed; a democracy in a republic; a sovereign Nation of many sovereign States; a perfect union, one and inseparable; established upon those principles of freedom, equality, justice, and humanity for which American patriots sacrificed their lives and fortunes. I therefore believe it is my duty to my country to love it, to support its Constitution, to obey its laws, to respect its flag, and to defend it against all enemies.” The foregoing creed contains a conglomeration of bits and snatches from great writings and thoughts of others. For example, the phrase “of the people, by the people, for the people” comes directly and nearly word for word from Lincoln’s Gettysburg Address. The last part about “obeying its laws” and “defending it against all enemies” comes from the oath that all public officials take. Nevertheless, The American’s Creed is a wonderful summary of what we stand for as a people.

Now, here’s some little known information about one of our most iconic symbols, the Statue of Liberty. How many of us know where the statue came from and how it ended up on Bedloe’s Island, (now called Liberty Island), in New York harbor? It’s been there since 1886 and is officially called the “Statue of Liberty Enlightening the World.” It also commemorates the friendship between the United States and France. It was given to the United States by the people of France and created by French sculptor Frederic Auguste Bartholdi. Bartholdi envisioned a huge statue at the entrance of New York harbor welcoming the peoples of the world with a torch of liberty. The statue was placed on the foundation of Fort Wood, which had been built on Bedloe’s Island back in 1811. The statue itself weighs 225 tons and was sent dismantled in 214 packing cases from France in 1885. When assembled, the height of the statue from the base of the pedestal to the torch is 305 feet.

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