This presentation of the Declaration of Independence to the members of the Second Continental Congress was painted by John Turnbull in 1817 and hangs in the Capitol Rotunda. The actual date that the Declaration was signed has been questioned. The reason for the dispute? Some of the signers were not present on the 4th of July; others had not been elected. The Declaration was presented to Congress on July 2nd, adopted on July 4th, and signed by most members on August 2nd.
On this day that we celebrate our independence, remember those who have given their lives to keep our independence.
Our freedom has a price. Rita Bay