June Challenge II: Declaration Of Independence - The 13 Colonies

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"We take the stars from heaven, the red from our mother country, separating it by white stripes, thus showing that we have separated from her, and the white stripes shall go down to posterity representing Liberty."

- George Washington.

The Thirteen Colonies, also known as the Thirteen British Colonies, the Thirteen American Colonies, or later the United Colonies, were a group of British colonies on the Atlantic coast of North America. Founded in the 17th and 18th centuries, they began fighting the American Revolutionary War in April 1775 and formed the United States of America by declaring full independence in July 1776 - Wikipedia

How The 13 Colonies Were Found

Can you name all of the thirteen colonies? Here's a short video about the history of the 13 colonies. 

 

The American Flag Today

The thirteen stripes represent the thirteen colonies that formed the United States, and the fifty stars represent the fifty states that make up our nation. Each star represents a state, and each stripe represents a colony.

The flag reminds us of the sacrifices made by the men and women who fought and died for our country. We respect their courage and bravery, which inspires us to be better citizens.

It symbolizes our strength and resilience, united as one nation.

Our national anthem represents the proud tradition, history, and strong beliefs of our country and the American people. The words and melody of the Star-Spangled Banner evoke feelings of patriotism among us and remind us of the glory, beauty, and rich heritage we come to seize, enjoy, celebrate, and hold dear to our hearts and souls. 

We, American citizens, stand for freedom, justice, and hope. No matter what challenges we face, we can overcome them if we work together.

"America will never be destroyed from the outside. If we falter and lose our freedoms, it will be because we destroyed ourselves." -- Abraham Lincoln

Featured Photo Credit: flysnow/123rf.com

My sincere thanks to our hosts for the June Challenge: Mark Don McInnes, Sandpoint-Idaho, and Endre Barath, Jr. Thank you for your thoughtful challenge and combined effort in hosting it...Aura Alex

 

Comments (40)

Carol Williams
Although I'm retired, I love sharing my knowledge and learning from other real estate industry professionals. - Wenatchee, WA
Retired Agent / Broker / Property Manager

Good morning, Aura.
What a wonderful post and entry into the June Challenge. I do notice the flags as I'm traveling (and always have). Abraham Lincoln's foresight is eerie. I only hope the ship is righted and we can all be the "United" States we once were.

Jun 18, 2022 06:50 AM
Aura Alex
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Buzz Mackintosh 

I agree wholeheartedly that this is essential history, especially for young people. All soon-to-be American citizens must learn this history to pass the citizenship test. 

 

Jun 18, 2022 11:46 AM
Aura Alex
CloseMyDeal, LLC - Seattle, WA
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Hi, Carol Williams, I have traveled and seen a different America before but have not seen it this divided in almost 50 years! 

I hope you find time to reflect, rest, and enjoy your wonderful trip. Where will you be on July 4th? Thinking about you. And please stay safe!!🏁

Jun 18, 2022 11:53 AM
Carol Williams

Not sure where I will be on July 4th. Maybe back home by then.  

Jun 24, 2022 07:01 AM
Wanda Kubat-Nerdin - Wanda Can!
Red Rock Real Estate Brokered by Real - St. George, UT
So Utah Residential, Referral & Relocation REALTOR

There is no better quote that describes what is happening right now to the greatest country in the world Aura! This says it all...America will never be destroyed from the outside. If we falter and lose our freedoms, it will be because we destroyed ourselves." -- Abraham Lincoln

 

Thank you for the historic post and hope your weekend has been a memorable one!

Jun 19, 2022 07:01 PM
Aura Alex
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Wanda Kubat-Nerdin - Wanda Can! 

I pray we will never endure what Lincoln did during the civil war. Now, I wonder,  how did he predict something like this. God helps us, and I hope he's wrong!

A bit hectic weekend for me, but productive. Today, I went to the farmer's market and got some strawberries and other fresh produce. I couldn't help thinking about you working in your garden, harvesting your fruit of the labor of love! 

Jun 20, 2022 01:20 AM
Wanda Kubat-Nerdin - Wanda Can!

We picked enough for a fresh salad tonight. Zucchini, Yellow squash, Yellow sweet peppers. Jalapeño peppers and tomatoes!

Jun 20, 2022 06:41 AM
Jan Green - Scottsdale, AZ
Value Added Service, 602-620-2699 - Scottsdale, AZ
HomeSmart Elite Group, REALTOR®, EcoBroker, GREEN

Wonderful post and tribute to our flag and country.  The video is short, to the point and sweet!  

Jun 20, 2022 10:20 AM
Ed Silva
Mapleridge Realty, CT 203-206-0754 - Waterbury, CT
Central CT Real Estate Broker Serving all equally

A feature worthy post.  I remembered the history of the flag but reading it again is inspiring.

We visited Yorktown, VA earlier this year and the history that was created there was important to our colonies at the time

Jun 20, 2022 11:41 AM
Doug Dawes
Keller Williams Realty Evolution - Topsfield, MA - Georgetown, MA
Your Personal Realtor®

Aura Alex 

OORAH! thank you

"The flag reminds us of the sacrifices made by the men and women who fought and died for our country. We respect their courage and bravery, which inspires us to be better citizens."

Jun 20, 2022 04:03 PM
Aura Alex
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Hi, Jan Green - Scottsdale, AZ. I learned about the US history in the classroom but nothing could describe the sentiment of the flag and America until I came over here and have experienced the pride and sentiment myself. 

Jun 20, 2022 06:33 PM
Aura Alex
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Hi, Ed Silva.

My goal was to visit every one of the 13 colonies during my first year living in Boston in 1972. Virginia was the first state we visited (other than Boston, MA). I still remember the Yorktown Battlefield and a short hike at Riverwalk (near Yorktown).

Jun 20, 2022 06:47 PM
Aura Alex
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Thank you, Doug Dawes. I noticed you live in Georgetown, MA. I was a Bostonian for 13 years until the "cold" weather kicked me out to the Pacific NW! 

 

Jun 20, 2022 06:51 PM
Doug Dawes

Yes, we've lived in Georgetown for 43 years. Both my wife and I were born in Northshore communities & have lived our lives in the area.


I've never traveled the Pacific Northwest but do hope t

Jun 22, 2022 06:14 AM
Endre Barath, Jr.
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices - Beverly Hills, CA
Realtor - Los Angeles Home Sales 310.486.1002

Aura love the history lesson from a fellow Foreigner:)) I am sure Mark Don McInnes, Sandpoint-Idaho  who is not a foreigner will love it too:)Endre

Jun 20, 2022 11:05 PM
Mark Don McInnes, Sandpoint-Idaho
Sandpoint Realty LLC - Sandpoint, ID
North Idaho Real Estate - 208-255.6227

Good morning Aura Alex .  I have been rewarded with warm, unexpected and educational posts with this challenge.  Thank you for being part of it.  Mark

Jun 21, 2022 01:31 AM
Roy Kelley
Realty Group Referrals - Gaithersburg, MD

This is an outstanding post and I enjoyed the video that provides some good historical reminders. Virginia, the first colony, is my home state.

Jun 21, 2022 04:21 AM
Aura Alex
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Endre Barath, Jr. 

Given the fact that "all foreigners look alike" do you think Mark will notice the difference in our looks? :))

Jun 21, 2022 04:27 PM
Aura Alex
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Mark Don McInnes, Sandpoint-Idaho 

I am honored to be part of the challenge, as it gives me an excellent opportunity for "bragging right," affection, and love for this great nation! You and Endre Barath, Jr. deserve big applause!! Kudos to you both.💜

Jun 21, 2022 04:34 PM
Aura Alex
CloseMyDeal, LLC - Seattle, WA
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Hi, Roy Kelley. Thank you for the comment and reblog.

I loved Virginia and all the historical attractions one cannot get enough of. We made several trips during the Fall of 1975, visiting Yorktown Battlefield, George Washington's Mt. Vernon, Arlington Nat'l Cemetery, and a quick stop at Shenandoah Nat'l park and a short hike there. Such rich history and beautiful landscape. Stunning!

Jun 21, 2022 04:43 PM
Endre Barath, Jr.
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices - Beverly Hills, CA
Realtor - Los Angeles Home Sales 310.486.1002

Aura Alex  your kind words are greatly appreciated and I am sure Mark Don McInnes, Sandpoint-Idaho  feels the same way. Endre

Jun 21, 2022 09:23 PM
Jan Green - Scottsdale, AZ
Value Added Service, 602-620-2699 - Scottsdale, AZ
HomeSmart Elite Group, REALTOR®, EcoBroker, GREEN

Then you learned and retained a lot more than we US citizens did Aura Alex !  Good for you! 

Jun 22, 2022 04:05 PM
Carla Freund
Keller Williams Preferred Realty - Raleigh, NC
Carolina Life RealEstate & Relocation 919-602-8489

Love this Aura! We often take our flag and our country for granted. I'm grateful to have been born here. 

Jun 27, 2022 05:34 AM