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

Weekly Gem #6 We mutually pledge our lives, our fortunes and our sacred honour.

Published 1/18/2015

Location: This 'hidden gem' is in the Jefferson Memorial in Washington, DC (see Clue Me! beta map ). The gem points out a detail that many people glance at when visiting the Jefferson Memorial. It's a very short excerpt from the Declaration of Independence, easy to skim and move on. But, think about it for a minute, and focus on that last few lines. It might give you chills as you realize what each person was willing to sacrifice for the betterment of all Americans. 

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Here's the original 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.