Saturday, July 5, 2008

Our History

I recieved this from a friend of mine who will be soon deployed to Afghanistan.
In his words........

"because this is why I fight for this country and what we all stand for."

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Have you ever wondered what happened to the 56 men who signed the Declaration of Independence?
Five signers were captured by the British as traitors, and tortured before they died.
Twelve had their homes ransacked and burned.
Two lost their sons serving in the Revolutionary Army; another had two >sons captured. > Nine of the 56 fought and died from wounds or hardships of the Revolutionary War. They signed, and they pledged their lives, their fortunes, and their sacred honor.

What kind of men were they?
Twenty-four were lawyers and jurists. Eleven were merchants.
Nine were farmers and large plantation owners - men of means, & well educated - but 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 and trader, saw his ships swept from the seas by the British Navy. He sold his home and properties to pay his debts, and died in rags.

Thomas Mc Keam was so hounded by the British that he was forced to move his family almost constantly. He served in the Congress without pay, and his family was kept in hiding. His possessions were taken from him, and poverty was his reward.

Vandals or soldiers looted the properties of Dillery, Hall, Clymer, Walton, Gwinnett, Heyward, Ruttledge, and 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, and Nelson died bankrupt.

Francis Lewis had his home and properties destroyed. The enemy jailed his wife, and 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 and his gristmill were laid to waste. For more than a year he lived in forests and caves, returning home to find his wife dead and his children vanished.

Many of us take these liberties so much for granted??..but we shouldn't. So, take a few minutes while enjoying your 4th of July >holiday this year, and silently thank and pay honor to these patriots.
Reflect upon the significance of what they did. It's not much to ask, considering the price they paid FOR US.

Remember: Freedom is never free!

1 comment:

Grand Dad said...

Joe, this is one of the best posts I've read in some time. Thanks for sharing that. With Independence Day just passing, as well as the potential ramifications of the upcoming elections, that short history lesson couldn't have meant more to me. God Bless America.

Thanks