Photo showing excerpts from the Declaration of Independence that are carved into the wall of the Jefferson Memorial in Washington, DC

Weekly Gem #28 We mutually pledge our lives, our fortunes and our sacred honour.

Published 7/4/2015

Location: This 'hidden gem' is inside the Jefferson Memorial in Washington, DC (see Clue Me! map), an example of how famous places may have gems 'hidden' within. Most DC visitors will find their way to this memorial, where they may note these words that are the foundation of our country.

Our nation's founders mutually pledged their lives, their fortunes, and their sacred honour. Sure, each individual has a right to 'life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness,' but that was (and is) accompanied by enormous responsibility. Specifically, that the individual's 'rights' are unreachable without the willingness to also sacrifice, and to do so together.

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Here's the hidden gem entry from our Clue Me! map.

Clue

A Declaration's beginning and end

Description

Highly impactful excerpts from the Declaration of Independence

Why It's Interesting

Our nation's founders Mutually Pledged their Lives, their Fortunes, and their Sacred Honour, to protect the rights of all Americans to Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Happiness.