Freedom!

Trip Start Sep 20, 2007
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Saturday, November 10, 2007

           
            "What do you stand for?

                        What do you fight for?
              What do you live for?
                        What do you die for?"
 
                                    Movie - Lions for Lambs
 
 
"The Declaration of Independence" - July 4th, 1776

"When in the Course of human events, it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the political bands which have connected them with another, and to assume among the powers of the earth, the separate and equal station to which the Laws of Nature and of Nature's God entitle them, a decent respect to the opinions of mankind requires that they should declare the causes which impel them to the separation. We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness. That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed,..."

 
"Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms" - April 17th, 1982
 
"Whereas Canada is founded upon principles that recognize the supremacy of God and the rule of law:
 
1.       The Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms guarantees the rights and freedoms set out in it subject only to such reasonable limits prescribed by law as can be demonstrably justified in a free and democratic society.
2.       Everyone has the following fundamental freedoms:
              a ) freedom of conscience and religion;
              b ) freedom of thought, belief, opinion and expression, including freedom of the press and other media of communication;
              c ) freedom of peaceful assembly; and
              d ) freedom of association.
3.     Every citizen of Canada has the right to vote..."
 
 
I went and visited the National Archives in Washington today. This being Remembrance/Veterans Day weekend, I figured what better way to start it off then to find out which freedoms our soldiers fought and died for. I spent the morning wandering around the National Archives reviewing the Declaration of Independence, the American Constitution, their Bill of Rights and other archived documents. I've included the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms for 2 reasons. The first reason being that they are comparable documents in supporting each Country's independence from Britain. The second reason I've included the Charter of Rights and Freedoms is that I believe we should petition the Canadian Federal Government to make the day the Canadian Constitution was repatriated to be a National Holiday. The Americans have their "Independence Day" why can Canada not have theirs? I believe we should make April 17th a National Holiday! And by coincidence it just happens to be my birthday. So let's make my birthday a National Holiday! All in favour...say Ay!
 
So I took the Metrorail train into downtown Washington today. I drove to the closest station, which also happens to be the end of the line. Then got off across the street from the National Archives. Couldn't have worked out better. Getting into the Archives building was a different story. The building opened at 10. I was there at 10...as were a few dozen other people. In Washington these days, security is tight everywhere. It took at least a half hour to get in because of security. It started raining during this time, though some kid in front of me mentioned seeing snowflakes. I didn't...so I'm OK. I've said I don't want to see snow this year. It started raining harder about the time I walked into the building. By noon the building was quite full. This surprised me as I figured this time of year there would be less people. Maybe because of Veteran's Day more people are in town. Americans are extremely patriotic.
 
After that visit, I headed to the Smithsonian Air and Space Museum. I won't bore you with the details of what I saw. You know, boring stuff like the Apollo 11 command module, the Wright Brothers Flyer, a Viking Lander, the "Spirit of St. Louis", SS-20 rockets, plus other dull stuff like a Hubble Test Telescope and a Skylab Orbital Workshop. I also won't go into detail about all the other things I saw there because tomorrow I am planning on going to their second site by the airport. A sampler of items exhibited there are a Concord Supersonic Jet, a Boeing 307 Stratoliner, the Space Shuttle Endeavor, and the "Enola Gay" B-29 Bomber.
 
I do not have any pictures from today. Security concerns are so strict that carrying around a backpack with my camera was not something I wanted to do today. They restrict photos to those without a flash or tripod. So the quality would be marginal. If you want pictures of these items, they can all be found on the internet. I do promise pictures of my visit tomorrow.
 
By 2 PM I was quite tired and headed back to the train station. I grabbed a latte before arriving and then was scolded by a security guard for having it on the train platform. Lucky for me by that time I had finished it and had already thrown the cup in the garbage. Hey...I hadn't seen any signs. I kind of like didn't think to look for signs as I came into the station, but there definitely weren't any signs that I could see on the platform. I actually got on the right train for the 30 minute ride back to the end of the line, though I was about to get onto the first train that pulled into the station (the wrong train), but I hesitated. A couple of stops before the end of the line I notice this young woman a couple rows down and facing me, flirting. Well..it looked to me like she was flirting...with me. But being slow at realizing these things I didn't do anything about it. And you all wonder why I'm single. So...instead of being out on a hot date on a Friday night, I'm here in front of a computer typing this up.
 
(this song came on the radio just as I wrapping up writing this)
 
"We Shall Be Free"  by Garth Brooks
 
This ain't comin' from no prophet
Just an ordinary man
When I close my eyes I see
The way this world shall be
When we all walk hand in hand
 
When the last child cries for a crust of bread
When the last man dies for just words that he said
When there's shelter over the poorest head
We shall be free
 
When the last thing we notice is the color of skin
And the first thing we look for is the beauty within
When the skies and the oceans are clean again
Then we shall be free
 
We shall be free
We shall be free
Stand straight, walk proud
'Cause we shall be free
When we're free to love anyone we choose
When this world's big enough for all different views
When we all can worship from our own kind of pew
Then we shall be free
We shall be free
 
We shall be free
Have a little faith
Hold out
'Cause we shall be free
 
And when money talks for the very last time
And nobody walks a step behind
When there's only one race and that's mankind
Then we shall be free
 
We shall be free
We shall be free
Stand straight, walk proud, have a little faith, hold out
We shall be free
 
We shall be free
We shall be free
Stand straight, have a little faith
 
We shall be free

NOTE: These pictures were taken on Veteran's Day when I returned to the museum for a short visit.
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nick-fisette
nick-fisette on

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Ay!

katrine_05
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Ay! Wearing the maple leaf on my back in Italy in January has made me much more patriotic than ever. I don't know how many times this summer I adamantly said: 'I'm Canadian, NOT American!'

nick-fisette
nick-fisette on

November 11th
As we boarded a bus to head to our Remembrance Day today, Sergeant Bergeron, one of the NCM's in charge of us told us that this day may not mean very much to us at this point in our lives, but in a few years when a few of our friends die in combat it certainly will. I could not be more proud to be a Canadian seeing as where we are on the world stage. I'm all for anything to recognize our small but great country.

etrudel
etrudel on

Remembrance Day
Nicholas, Remembrance Day took on a whole new meaning for me this year because of you and your choice of a career serving this wonderful country of ours. Even though you are only at the beginning of your military career, know that my thoughts and prayers were with you yesterday as they will always be. We are proud of you. Avec Amour, Tante Elaine.
(P.S. - Sorry Paul - You'll have to take a back seat to your son today ...)

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