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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 very interesting gems 'hidden' within. Most everyone visiting DC will find their way to this memorial. But how many will notice, and think about, these words that are the foundation of our country.

Notice how our founding fathers emphasized the mutual pledge. Being found at the end of the Declaration, this could easily be overlooked. But it's clear that they knew that our right to 'life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness' was (and is) accompanied by enormous responsibility. Specifically, that the '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.

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