We drive around a lot. Not sure why. It is just what we do.
So not a day goes by of us driving around that I don't see a bumper sticker that says 'Free Ballard.' Never did know what the heck it meant. I kept meaning to do a web search on it to find out what those silly bumper stickers meant.
I knew what Ballard was. It is a neighborhood in Seattle, Washington. Been there many times. Nice area. But what do these people want Ballard free of?
So today I finally remembered to check it out and here is the scoop.
Apparently Ballard used to be its own city.
But on May 29, 1907, the city was officially annexed and became a community of Seattle. It was no longer its own city. On that day, the fire bell at city hall rang 22 times and the flags at city hall were lowered, becoming another part of greater Seattle.
On May 29, 2007, citizens of Ballard gathered at the site of city hall and rang that original bell another 22 times to remember their independence and protest its annexation. The people that gathered at the site wore black armbands and had a moment of silence.
Many have called for Ballard to un-annex itself from Seattle.
Seems a little silly but I guess I can understand the pride of the residents of Ballard and their wanting it to again be its own city.
I don't really have an opinion on this either way. But at least I know what those stickers mean now.