Today we celebrated the birth of The United States of America with a special Mural, designed to celebrate 242 years of liberty, freedom and justice.
It was this day, July 4th 1776, that our forefathers “brought forth upon this continent," a new Nation, conceived in Liberty, and dedicated to the propsition that all men are created equal.
“We the people,” spoke out definitely, and threw off the chains of tyranny and oppression. We fought valiantly, were defeated again and again, but refused to be beaten. And finally, we won the war and our freedoms.
We would no longer be slaves to the yoke of colonial tyranny. The Graffiti Bridge is proud to play our small part in celebrating that deep tradition. To celebrate the birth of our great nation, we painted the bridge in the classic symbol of our hairtage, the classic Red, White and Blue.
And so, as you settle into your afternoon festivities, we at The Graffiti Bridge invite you to take a moment of silence, and celebrate the memories of our great statesmen, generals, and soldiers who brought us 242 years of liberty, freedom and prosperity. Happy Birthday America!
“A mighty woman with a torch, whose flame
Is the imprisoned lightning, and her
Mother of Exiles. From her beacon-hand
Glows world-wide welcome; her mild eyes command
The air-bridged harbor that twin cities frame.
“Keep, ancient lands, your storied pomp!” cries she
With silent lips. “Give me your tired, your poor,
Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free,
The wretched refuse of your teeming shore.
Send these, the homeless, tempest-tost to me,
I lift my lamp beside the golden door!”
An Excerpt from Emma Lazarus’ poem, titled “A new Colossus.”