“LET FREEDOM RING !!!” [September 11]

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  • “LET FREEDOM RING !!!”  [September 11]

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America’s “Liberty Bell” is located at Liberty Bell Center, 6th and Market Streets, in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. It was cast in 1752 and weighed 2,050 pounds.

The Liberty Bell rang throughout America’s Revolutionary War era, from the repeal of the Sugar Act (1764) to the death of President George Washington (1799).

The famous “crack” in the Liberty Bell, about which so much has been written, is 24 ½ inches long and ½ inch wide. Contrary to popular legend, the crack did not appear at the time of the Declaration of Independence (July 4, 1776). It was only years later that a hairline fracture appeared (1835), which was followed by the larger break (1846). In both instances, the Liberty Bell was pealing in commemoration of Washington’s Birthday.

This is not much of a photo, but I selected it to commemorate 9/11 because it is a reflection of humanity. Liberty is not confined to a single race, or nationality, or religion.

The Liberty Bell Center’s permanent signs – many in different languages – bear the words: “Proclaim liberty throughout all the land unto the inhabitants thereof.” [Lev. 25, v. 10, KJV]

Liberty is cherished among all peoples!

[The Liberty Bell is enclosed in a glass cube. I was standing inside of the cube when I took this shot. There were people in front of me and behind me, inside and outside of the cube, and that, together with the reflections off of the glass, are responsible for some of the effect here. For example, the lady at right is “missing” below the waist. The upper left quadrant of the Liberty Bell fades away.]

Let us always count our many blessings.

As always, thanks for stopping by!

43 responses

  • Jyri Vissak

    Jyri Vissak gave props (10 Sep 2011):

    Very creative! Well done.

  • Judy and Wayne Wanamaker

    Judy and Wayne Wanamaker gave props (10 Sep 2011):

    Liberty has been enjoyed by only a small percentage of people. The USA has been one of the few countries that has been truly free. That liberty has been slowly eroding through the years. Hopefully, Americans will strive to restore the liberty that we are losing and have lost. God bless America! A very moving and beautiful abstract shot, Dick. Wonderful links.

  • Susan Littlefield

    Susan Littlefield gave props (10 Sep 2011):

    What a wonderful and heartfelt tribute to 9/11, and to this beautiful country of ours! We were just discussing this morning that unlike some events which are replayed over and over via the news and become tiresome, we never tire of watching how the people of the United States pulled together during this tragic time. Judy is right......God Bless America!!

  • daniele castellucchio

    daniele castellucchio gave props (10 Sep 2011):

    excellent comp!

  • Donald Garrett

    Donald Garrett gave props (10 Sep 2011):

    An outstanding composition!!! Another great reminder and lesson for us all. Thanks, Dick.

  • Carol Holmes

    Carol Holmes gave props (10 Sep 2011):

    A fabulous tribute...yes, yes "God Bless America"....thanks for the music too, it brought a smile to my face.

  • Betty Maxey

    Betty Maxey   gave props (10 Sep 2011):

    A lot going on in this shot, but MORE going on in the narritive!! I like both cousin!! Awesome as always!!!

  • je suis moi

    je suis moi gave props (10 Sep 2011):

    And America gave thanks - as Freedom Rings.

  • Andrea Petersen

    Andrea Petersen gave props (10 Sep 2011):

    Very beautiful...I actually like the reflections of the people who are shown in the glass which represents the spirit of America....

  • Suzanne McGeady

    Suzanne McGeady said (10 Sep 2011):

    Oh Yes!! Let the bells never be silenced. I love the way the Mother is taking the opportunity to use a teachable moment. Nice timing, Richard.

  • Gail Anderson

    Gail Anderson gave props (10 Sep 2011):

    really fabulous shot... agree with Andrea, the reflections of the people do make me think of the spirit of America.

  • Patty Gross

    Patty Gross (Deleted) gave props (10 Sep 2011):

    Fantastic photo of the solidarity we as Americans share in the love of our dear country!! I see us as a big family....we may snap at each other from time to time, but will always come to each other's defense should the occasion arise. 911 is the perfect example of undivided unity. Americans had never in history been closer than the day we were subjected to an unprovoked, premeditated, and vicious assault on our citizens, and citizens from 175 countries around the world. Let the bells of freedom continue to ring from the coast of Maine to the shores of California, and all states inbetween!!!! I love the two songs you linked for us too, Richard!! Great narrative regarding the liberty bell and freedom. GOD BLESS AMERICA!!!!!!!

  • Leslie Hunziker

    Leslie Hunziker   gave props (10 Sep 2011):

    "Let the white dove sing". This is a fantastic shot Richard. so much expressed in the faces of those within. You are a wealth of knowledge and history of this country of ours and we learn so much from you. Thank you!!

  • Bruce Miller

    Bruce Miller (Deleted) gave props (10 Sep 2011):

    I like all the inferences of this. Quite intriguing Richard.

  • Ioana Caravan

    Ioana Caravan   gave props (10 Sep 2011):

    Perfect tribute!

  • elfriede fulda

    elfriede fulda (Deleted) gave props (10 Sep 2011):

    Very impressive shot and very impressive information, thanks Richard !

  • Shirley Valencia

    Shirley Valencia   said (10 Sep 2011):

    EXCELLENT shot. Master Richard....what a wonderful tribute..................

  • Linda Houghton

    Linda Houghton   gave props (11 Sep 2011):

    A lovely tribute, 'GOD BLESS AMERICA' !!!!

  • Steven Schutz

    Steven Schutz gave props (11 Sep 2011):

    A photograph does not always have to be crystal clear, or even have complete elements to be a good photograph...The peoples faces with their expressions speak volumes...This photograph is indeed worth several thousand words...I salute ALL Americans on this day...what a great narrative...and indeed...let us count our blessings...Thank You Sir Knight...

  • Heather Mellon

    Heather Mellon gave props (11 Sep 2011):

    A captivating image and dialogue, Richard. All freedom loving nations and their people were deeply affected by this cowardly attack against defenceless citizens. It was a shocking reminder that we must never take our freedom for granted!

  • je suis moi

    je suis moi gave props (11 Sep 2011):

    note- i did write the poem and no its not been published.

  • Regenia Brabham

    Regenia Brabham gave props (11 Sep 2011):

    "that we here highly resolve that these dead shall not have died in vain -- that this nation, under God, shall have a new birth of freedom -- and that government of the people, by the people, for the people, shall not perish from the earth." This came to mind while viewing your image and reading your words. Of course these words were said by Lincoln many years after the liberty bell, but our struggle has always been the same. Liberty for all. I love your image. It would not be nearly as awesome without the people.

  • Litz Go

    Litz Go gave props (11 Sep 2011):

    so appropriate for today's occasion! God Bless America!

  • eithne mythen

    eithne mythen gave props (12 Sep 2011):

    A lot to see in this image and loved that advert...

  • David de London

    David de London gave props (12 Sep 2011):

    Beautiful close-up...well done

  • Edith O'Dell

    Edith O'Dell gave props (13 Sep 2011):

    A very unusual shot of the Liberty Bell

  • Deborah Downes

    Deborah Downes gave props (14 Sep 2011):

    Perfect tribute, my friend.

  • Melissa Valencia

    Melissa Valencia gave props (16 Sep 2011):

    An iconic image of freedom and liberty. Thank you for sharing, Richard. Well done!

  • Carlo Pagan

    Carlo Pagan gave props (16 Sep 2011):

    Great shot!!!

  • Winky Vivas

    Winky Vivas (Deleted) said (17 Sep 2011):

    A fantastic image, tribute, and narrative. Outstanding work, my friend...

  • dL

    dL (Deleted) gave props (18 Sep 2011):

    Very well composed...nice shot!

  • Ann Reece

    Ann Reece   gave props (19 Sep 2011):

    Here I thought that you did this composite of the Liberty Bell and the people and buildings on purpose : ). It came out fabulous, Richard, a real tribute to our country and we definitely do need to count our blessings for this country!!!!!!!

  • Brad Paro

    Brad Paro gave props (19 Sep 2011):

    Let us all hope we can keep our precious freedoms in this country. Well done Richard !

  • dp *

    dp * gave props (20 Sep 2011):

    Hear hear, this is a great image. LuvIt!

  • Christopher J Chalk

    Christopher J Chalk gave props (20 Sep 2011):

    Lovely tribute, great narrative Dick! We Aussies were thinking of you and watching the memorable tributes live on TV.

  • John Linton

    John Linton gave props (22 Sep 2011):

    Upon reflection...killer capture.

  • Saroj Swain

    Saroj Swain gave props (23 Sep 2011):

    Nice shot!!!

  • Ronnie Ginnever

    Ronnie Ginnever gave props (24 Sep 2011):

    Well done!

  • Maura Wolfson-Foster

    Maura Wolfson-Foster gave props (26 Sep 2011):

    I think it's great.....love the reflection & of course, the sentiment ~ !

  • JamesHarmon McQuilkin

    JamesHarmon McQuilkin   gave props (7 Oct 2011):

    I lived and worked there back in 1976--during the Bicentennial--and not a more magical time I've had since

  • Merike Mäll

    Merike Mäll gave props (11 Oct 2011):

    hea foto-tabatud väga hästi

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