Declaration of Independence

Letter from John Adams to Abigail Adams, 3 July 1776

“You will think me transported with Enthusiasm but I am not. — I am well aware of the Toil and Blood and Treasure, that it will cost Us to maintain this Declaration, and support and defend these States. — Yet through all the Gloom I can see the Rays of ravishing Light and Glory. I can see that the End is more than worth all the Means. And that Posterity will tryumph in that Days Transaction, even altho We should rue it, which I trust in God We shall not.”

Washington, D. C. 3 July 2009

Victor 82

On 7 Dec. 1941, an act of war resulted in the flight of this aircraft, 6 Aug. 1945

My war was later, conducted in a different metal tube. Underwater.

It was a Cold War.  Had it been otherwise is unimaginable.

wip-12354 July 2009 – Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum, Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center, Chantilly Virginia