Honor and Remember

Thank You to all who have served……

Today is the day that we remember and honor those who have fought for the freedoms we all enjoy.  Those that have given the blank check of their lives to their honorable service so that we may live as we do.  For those who fought and died and for those who fought and returned home changed we owe a great debt of gratitude.  Today is a day of thanks and remembrance!

 

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Happy Fourth of July! and The Price of Freedom!

                                    Happy Fourth of July! and The Price of Freedom!

4th of July

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.

4th of July

                                             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”

Remember……

Remember…

Today is the day that we remember and honor those who have fought for the freedoms we all enjoy.  Those that have given the blank check of their lives to their honorable service so that we may live as we do.  For those who fought and died and for those who fought and returned home changed we owe a great debt of gratitude.  Today is a day of thanks and remembrance!

Happy Easter and to my Jewish friends Blessed Passover!

Happy Easter and to my Jewish friends Blessed Passover!

 Today is a day of spiritual joy a time for reflection, thanks and time with families.   Our time on earth is so limited and moves so quickly, we need to take time to give thanks for all our blessings.  Today is one of those special days set aside for our spiritual needs.  So take some time to reflect and give thanks for all the wonderful things and for all the mistakes [things that I call learning opportunities], spend some time with your family, your special people. See you all on Monday for more business tips, but for now I am thankful for all my readers and friends.

 Here is to new beginnings what ever they may be!

Patriots Day – Remember Our Fallen

Patriots Day – Remember Our Fallen    –     I remember – do you?

9/11/2001  A common field one day. A field of honor forever.

On Tuesday morning, September 11, 2001, the U.S. came under attack when four commercial airliners were hijacked and used to strike targets on the ground.  Nearly 3,000 people tragically lost their lives.  Because of the actions of the 40 passengers and crew aboard one of the planes, Flight 93, the attack on the U.S. Capitol was thwarted.  The passengers and crew showed unity, courage and defiance in the face of adversity.  I lost a dear friend when the North Tower of the Trade Center was attacked.

 

September 11, 2012, in America was a day of solemn remembrance.

In Libya, it was a day of violence that ended with four Americans killed, starting a debate over whether the Obama administration should have better protected them and whether it tried to cover its tracks after the debacle. The Daily Beast reports that some U.S. intelligence officials had “strong indications” that the Benghazi attack was perpetrated by al-Qaeda affiliated groups just 24 hours after the assault.

Ambassador Christopher Stevens was in Benghazi that day to meet with officials over the hunt for ousted dictator Moammar Ghadafi’s weapons stockpiles and to open a cultural center. Ambassador Chris Stevens and information technology officer Sean Smith, in addition to two unnamed personnel, died in the attack and up to 10 Libyan security guards who battled the attackers also died.

Remember and be watchful:

Both of these attacks were the deliberate work of terrorists who use violence to impose their dark ideology on others, especially women and girls; who are fighting to control much of the Middle East today; and who seek to wage perpetual war on the West.

We as Americans have been so open and trusting and assume that all people are of similar mindset.  It is obvious to anyone who studies history that there are always countries whose philosophy is built on taking by any means what they want rather than through competitive business practice and cooperative trading.

The US from the individual people all the way up through the ranks of military and Congress need to remember that just because we believe in equality and fair trade [or at least move in that direction], not all others do.  We need to be aware and not allow ourselves to be blindsided by violence without trampling on the rights of the citizens.

I do remember and honor and pray for those who lost their lives to these acts of terrorism on US citizens.