Wednesday, July 4, 2007

Liberty - A Joyous 4th

Inscription on the Liberty Bell in Philadelphia, PA:

"Let liberty ring throughout the land and to all its inhabitants thereof."

A little known fact is that the cracked bell was not an accident.  It was an extremely slight, barely noticeable crease in the mold of the bell but it had already been set.  This small defect made it impossible to ring the bell without it making a "buzzing" sound.  So the artisans purposefully widened the crack to the size you see today, and inserted a support wedge so the bell could be rung properly.  The excess metal taken from the bell is considered "sacred" and is kept in a museum, though many wanted to make commemorative medals from it.  The widened crack we see today was actually made to save this great symbol of our liberty and freedom.  LONG MAY IT RING!!! 

 

9 comments:

ab45yui said...

Very interesting, I would love to take a road trip and visit this famous destination.  So many places of historical interest to see and so little time!  

pharmolo said...

Interesting, Cathy. Hope you had a good 4th

queenb8261 said...

What a fascinating story. Thanks for sharing it.
Hope you had a great 4th.
Hugs, Barb

libragem007 said...

Hi Cathy,
Belated Happy 4th of July..thank you soo much for that awesome ecard I LOVE it!
hugs,
Gem :-)
7/08th entry:

acoward15 said...

It's no match for Big Ben.
http://journals.aol.co.uk/acoward15/andy-the-bastard

princesssaurora said...

I love the Liberty Bell... I will never forget my first trip to Philly to see it!

be well,
Dawn
http://journals.aol.com/princesssaurora/CarpeDiem/

jmorancoyle said...

    I enjoy nearly every entry I read, but this entry was truly more enjoyable. Thank you for that. Although I am possibly the only person in this country to travel all the way to Philadelphia and miss the Liberty Bell.
Jude
http://journals.aol.com/jmorancoyle/MyWay

mutualaide said...

Now that's a tidbit I had no idea about!  

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