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I didn't know that about the 4th of July

Discussion in 'Uncategorized Threads' started by schutzemgud, Jul 4, 2007.

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  1. schutzemgud

    schutzemgud TS Member

    Jan 29, 1998
    Lest we forget and we do forget here's some interesting information.

    A short thought for your July 4th celebration:

    In 1776, 56 men signed the Declaration of Independence.

    Five signers were captured by the British as traitors & tortured before they died.

    Twelve had their homes ransacked & burned.

    Two lost theirs sons serving in the Revolutionary Army, another had two sons captured.

    Nine of the 56 fought & died from wounds or hardships of the Revolutionary War.

    They signed their names & pledged their lives, their fortunes, & their sacred honor.

    They signed the Declaration of Independence knowing full well that the penalty would be death if they were captured.

    Carter Braxton of Virginia, a wealthy planter & trader, saw his ships swept from the seas by the British Navy.

    He sold his home & properties to pay his debts, & died in rags.

    Thomas McKeam was so hounded by the British that he was forced to move his family almost constantly.

    He served in the Congress without pay & his family was kept in hiding.

    His possessions were taken from him & died in poverty.

    Vandals & soldiers looted the homes of Dillery, Hall, Clymer, Walton, Gwinnett, Heyward, Ruttledge & Middleton.

    At the battle of Yorktown, Thomas Nelson, Jr., noted that the British General Cornwallis

    had taken over the Nelson home for his headquarters.

    He quietly urged General George Washington to open fire.

    The home was destroyed, & Nelson died bankrupt.

    Francis Lewis had his home & properties destroyed.

    The enemy jailed his wife, & she died within a few months.

    John Hart was driven from his wife’s bedside as she was dying.

    Their 13 children fled for their lives. His fields & his gristmill were laid to waste.

    For more than a year, he lived in forests & caves returning home to find his wife dead & his children vanished.

    A few weeks later, he died from exhaustion & a broken heart.

    These signers were men of means & education, they were soft - spoken but unwavering in their pledge:

    “For the support of this declaration, with firm reliance on the protection of the divine providence,

    we mutually pledge to each other, our lives, our fortunes, & our sacred honor.”

    Take a few moments to enjoy your 4th of July & thank these patriots - a small thing to ask for the price they paid.

    Remember: “Freedom is never free.”
  2. stokinpls

    stokinpls Well-Known Member

    Jan 29, 1998
    Neither does Hillary Clinton.
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