Philadelphia - December 12, 2013
After taking a trip through history on one of our recent trips to Washington, D.C. a few weeks ago, we decided to continue in that same vein in the City of Brotherly Love – Philadelphia, PA – by making a stop at Independence Hall. Interestingly enough, on this exact spot, the Declaration of Independence was signed back in 1776. The document unified the various colonies in North America who ultimately declared themselves independent of the Kingdom of Great Britain. It was also here, in 1787, that the first 13 American states approved and put their signature on the United States Constitution, which set forth the supreme law and power structure of the country, including instituting the position of president to lead the nation.
In another location situated just a few steps away, we took the time to admire the famous Liberty Bell, the chief symbol of American independence. Weighing over 2,000 pounds, legend has it that it was one of the bells chiming in Philadelphia when the Declaration of Independence was announced – four days after it was signed. We decided to approach it with the intent of getting a “Go Habs Go” chant started by ringing it a few times, but the security guards on site and the security ropes around it had us thinking otherwise.