I went to a cemetery in Philadelphia where the first Americans with power and influence were buried. This is one inscription I found on a particularly worried piece of stone:
William Hurry (1721-1781)
"Who rang the bell proclaiming the Declaration of Independence July 4, 1776"
Wedged in between the cracks of the crumbling monument was a tourist's nylon colonial flag.
William Hurry's Tomb (1781 - Present)
"It was on this historic site that Americans first began using tombstones to display cheap souvenirs."