Tuesday, July 8, 2014

Ascension Manor Celebrates Independence Day



July 2, 2014

scension Manor  Residents Celebrate Independence Day with Flag Ceremony and Barbeque;
23 Nationalities are Represented in this North Philadelphia Residential Apartment Complex

PHILADELPHIA, PA—On Wednesday, July 2, the date in 1776 when the resolution for independence from Great Britain was actually approved, the residents of Ascension Manor on North Seventh Street in North Philadelphia celebrated Independence Day with a flag ceremony followed by a barbeque social.

At twelve noon, 23 flags, representing the 23 nationalities of the residents were displayed on the manor’s grounds.  The community consists of residents representing the following nations:  Albania, Central African Republic, China, Columbia, Cuba, Dominican Republic, El Salvador, Germany, Haiti, Ireland, Italy, Jamaica, Liberia, Mexico, Mongolia, Philippines, Poland, Puerto Rico, Republic of Peru, Russia, South Africa, Ukraine, and the United States of America.

Ascension Manor, consisting of two towers with 279 apartments and presently home to 307 residents, is sponsored by the Ukrainian Catholic Archeparchy of Philadelphia.

Metropolitan Archbishop Stefan Soroka believes the diversity of the population of Ascension Manor truly represents the America story. “Every day our residents, representing 23 nations, live the greatness and uniqueness of the United States.  They are living the story of the United States “e pluribus unum”—“from the many, one.”

July 2, 1776 is the date that the Second Continental Congress meeting in Philadelphia, in what would become known as Independence Hall, voted to approve a resolution for independence from Britain.

On that same day, the Pennsylvania Evening Post published this headline: “This day the Continental Congress declared the United Colonies Free and Independent States.”

John Adams, who would eventually serve as the second president of the United States, on July 3, 1776 wrote a letter to his beloved wife Abigail with this prediction:“the Second of July, 1776, will be the most memorable Epocha, in the History of America. I am apt to believe it will be celebrated, by succeeding Generations, as the great anniversary Festival.”

This year is the 238th anniversary of those historic days in Philadelphia in July, 1776, days that gave birth to a new nation, the United States of America.

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