Land of the Free…

…and the Home of the Brave.

Happy 4th of July to all in the U.S.A.

Nothing in the United States symbolizes democracy more than the U.S. Capitol Building. For nearly two centuries, it has been home to both chambers of Congress and has evolved and expanded as times changed and the nation grew. The building itself has more than 16 acres of space and 540 rooms. The Capitol Grounds cover about 274 acres with sloping lawns, splashing fountains and beautiful terraces.

The bronze Statue of Freedom crowns the dome of the U.S. Capitol. Her right hand rests upon the hilt of a sheathed sword; her left holds a laurel wreath of victory and the shield of the United States with thirteen stripes. Her helmet is encircled by stars and features a crest composed of an eagle’s head, feathers, and talons, a reference to the costume of Native Americans. A brooch inscribed “U.S.” secures her fringed robes.

About Ellen am a wife, mother, baba (grandmother) and a loyal friend. Jesus is my King and my hope is in my future with Him.

12 thoughts on “Land of the Free…

  1. Beautiful Ellen. Happy Independence day to you and your family. I love your tablescape. We’ll be sitting outside tonight watching the little bit of fireworks that we can see from your great land.

  2. Happy Independence Day Ellen! Thanks for sharing your patriotism with us – You Americans lead the way when it comes to celebrating!

  3. Hi Ellen, Thank you for this beautiful post of our Capitol! Your photos are wonderful and the information is so interesting too. Happy 4th! Linda

  4. A beautiful post for today! I also enjoyed the commentary on the Capitol Building and the Statue of Freedom.

  5. Beautiful pictures! The sky over the Capitol is awesome.. I love it twicefold since my daughter sleeps under that sky in DC.

    Hope you had a wonderful Independence Day

  6. I love all your current posts. But maybe your July 4th best because of the photos that so represent democracy in the US and the honor of being one of its citizens. Thanks for posting these beautiful shots. We’re kicking off the Calgary Stampede Centennial today so it’ll be a good ten days of cowboy fun and festivities. Have a great weekend!

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