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22 June

2015

To the ‘land of the free’

By Jack Piggott 2014 Bursary No Comments

You can easily forget how far away Australia is until you have to travel anywhere.

The 21 hour transit from Brisbane to Washington DC brings this into sharp focus.

I’m of course, travelling thanks to the generosity of the Enid Dowling Foundation, spending time in the US Capitol to up-skill myself in digital campaigns.

The Enid Dowling Foundation celebrates Enid Dowling’s life long achievements; from a young economist to the wife of a woolgrower, a mother and mentor of young people who aspired to professional and public leadership and service.

Her passion was to inculcate youth with the ambition and the professional and social skills to participate in community activities and service and to seek public office at all levels of government.

It’s a tremendous privilege to have been selected as a recipient in 2014, and I look forward to sharing my journey with you.

Follow me as I travel and document my journey over the next couple of weeks. I’ll also be addressing the LNP’s Annual Convention in July – arriving just a day before it gets kicked off.

Right now I’m lying awake far too late as I struggle to come to terms with the 14-hour time difference!

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Boarding QF16 to Los Angeles

 

A short note on the US National Anthem.

 

Francis Scott Key wrote the poem “the land of the free and the home of the brave” in 1814, and ever since 1931, it has been sung as the national anthem of the United States.

He wrote the poem after watching the British Royal Navy bomb Fort McHenry in Baltimore Harbor in the War of 1812. Further down the street from where I’m staying is the spot where it was first sung in public, at Brown’s Marble Hotel (which has long since gone).

No matter where you go in Washington, there’s a strong sense of history and national pride.

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The site where the ‘Star-spangled Banner’ was first sung

Until next time.

– Jack