Happy Fourth of July! and The Price of Freedom!
The 4th of July is a day of picnics, barbecues, campfires, friends and family together.
But it should also be a day of remembering and gratitude to those brave Patriots who fought to establish this great country. It is also a day to give thanks for the intelligence and foresight by the Statesmen who were the Founding Fathers of our Constitution.
These men looked at what they saw going on in Europe and the history of other Governments to try to determine the good points, and avoid the bad points. They felt that the tyrannical governments and the huge and all powerful, but out of touch kingdoms were not the good qualities for growth of a country. They did their best to design a government that would be restricted from the abuse of power which hinders the creative mind and restricts the soul. The end result was the Constitution which established a Government Of the People and By the People for the People.
Under our Constitution we have become a great country that has attracted many immigrants from many diverse backgrounds who desired to become a part of America and be citizens. This is the day we celebrate our Independence and give thanks to those Statesmen who so wisely drafted the Constitution which promotes freedom of thought and speech and creativity.
Happy Fourth of July – Please Celebrate Safely
Dear Friends, Family and Business Associates,
Please take a minute to read this and share it with your families while enjoying Independence Day and the weekend. Also, please take a minute to remember those who have and continue to make sacrifices for our freedom! – Dr Jill
Price of Freedom
56 Men Who Signed
Have you ever wondered what happened to the 56 men who signed the Declaration of Independence? They gave us a free and independent America. The history books never told you a lot of what happened in the Revolutionary War. We didn’t just fight the British. We were British subjects at that time and we fought our own government!
Some of us take these liberties so much for granted…We shouldn’t!!! So, take a couple of minutes while enjoying your 4th of July holiday and silently thank these patriots. It’s not much to ask for the price they paid….
* 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.
* Vandals or soldiers looted the properties of Dillery, Hall, Clymer, Walton, Gwinnett, Heyward, Ruttledge, and Middleton.
* 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 McKeam 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.
* 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. A few weeks later he died from exhaustion and a broken heart.
* Norris and Livingston suffered similar fates.
* Such were the stories and sacrifices of the American Revolution. These were not wild eyed, rabble-rousing ruffians. They were soft-spoken men of means and education. They had security, but they valued liberty more.
* Standing tall, straight, and unwavering, they pledged:
“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, and our sacred honor.”
“MAY ALL WHO COME BEHIND US FIND US FAITHFUL”