Monday, February 20, 2017

Happy Presidents' Day 2017

It's a glorious Presidents' Day for me--we have a new commander-in-chief, Donald J. Trump. But here I will salute our first president, George Washington.

Pictured below is the George Washington-Robert Morris-Haym Salomon Memorial which sits on the southwest corner of Wabash Avenue and Wacker Drive, about 100 yards from the Trump International Hotel and Tower.

It's as if it was pre-ordained.

The father of our country is standing in the center, on the left is Robert Morris, on the right is Haym Salomon. Morris and Salomon, both Pennsylvanians, were the most important financiers for the American Revolution, and sadly, both of them died broke.

Morris is only one of two men, the other was Roger Sherman, who signed the Declaration of Independence, the Articles of Confederation, and the US Constitution.

Salomon was Jewish, the inscription at the base of the monument reads, "The Government of the United States, which gives to bigotry no sanction, to persecution no assistance, requires only that they who live under its protection should demean themselves as good citizens, in giving it on all occasions their effectual support. George Washington, 1790."

Happy Presidents' Day!

1 comment:

Rhonda said...

They would rather have died free then rich. Unfortunately in America now, it seems like only the rich are free.