North Carolina was the first of the 13 British colonies in North America to vote for independence from the Crown. On May 20, 1775, the colony's authorities authorized its representatives in the (North American) Continental Congress to express their resolve by so voting.
The N.C. Provincial Congress, meeting in the town of Halifax near the Virginia border, issued the following statement:
“It appears to your Committee that pursuant to the Plan concerted by the British Ministry for subjugating America, the King and Parliament of Great Britain have usurped a Power over the Persons and Properties of the People unlimited and uncontrouled and disregarding their humble Petitions for Peace, Liberty and safety, have made divers Legislative Acts, denouncing War Famine and every Species of Calamity daily employed in destroying the People and committing the most horrid devastations on the Country.”
The second date on the flag, April 12, 1776, marks the signing of a document known as the Mecklenburg Declaration of Independence, pre-dating by a few months the more famous Declaration of Independence written by Thomas Jefferson and published on July 4 of the same year in Philadelphia. Mecklenburg County, N.C., includes the town of Charlotte, which is now the biggest city in the two Carolinas.
The photos here show the view out of my mother's bedroom windows.
The retirement complex where she lives backs up to a salt marsh in Morehead City.
The marsh is full of birds, mammals, fish, and shellfish. Not to mention insects...
Above shows you what the retirement complex looks like. There are apartments for 100 residents, who have to be at least 62 years old to live here. Sometimes I wonder if I might end up spending my final days here... but I'll most likely stay in France to the bitter end.