May 13, 2019
Today it was still very rainy, cold, and windy, however, after breakfast we walked through the historic district of Philadelphia. On foot is certainly the best way to tour this area.
It is only a few square blocks in size, but we saw so many historic places and heard so many stories about the birth of our nation. The Betsy Ross House, Independence Hall, Christ Church, Christ Church Cemetery (where Benjamin Franklin is buried), Penn’s Landing (the port area where Johann Michael App arrived on the ship St. Andrew on September 23, 1752), the Liberty Bell, Independence Hall, the Free Quaker Meeting House, Washington Square, and dozens of other places are monuments to our American heritage.
As coincidence would have it Pius’ brother, Urs App, was actually in this historic district selling ice cream when he was working on his doctorate in the 1970’s. He was the first of our family to be so close to the location of the arrival of the Apps in America… but without being aware of it.
This is a place that every American should visit to really understand the effort that was put forth by these brave and courageous men and women so that we can enjoy our liberty and freedom. This is the spot. This is “ground zero” for the beginning of today’s America. The importance of this area is not to be taken lightly and a visitor will come away with an enormous appreciation that he did not have beforehand.