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Old 07-03-2003, 04:29 PM
 
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Freedom for SALE

We are only a day away from one of the most important Holidays of our Nation, so it is time to remember ....
"The 4TH OF JULY"
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 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.
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. Some 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 and silently thank these patriots. It's not much to ask for the price they paid.
Remember: freedom is never free!

HAPPY 4th to y'all
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Old 07-03-2003, 05:40 PM
 
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BRAVO!
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Old 07-03-2003, 06:03 PM
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God Bless America!!!!!!! Enjoy the 4th...
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Old 07-03-2003, 06:08 PM
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WOW, I have to say, 90% of that "I" never knew. That's some added perspective, to say the least. [img]images/icons/shocked.gif[/img] Thanks for sharing that Sam.

Have a nice 4th! Thanks to all who've fought then and since... so we can! [img]images/icons/smile.gif[/img] [img]images/icons/smile.gif[/img]

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Old 07-03-2003, 06:11 PM
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Well said, & Excellent reminder!

Happy 4th.
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Old 07-03-2003, 11:22 PM
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That is back when we had men of honor running the country. Yes I would agree that our forefathers should be celebrated!!!
Happy Independance Day to all!!!
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Old 07-03-2003, 11:24 PM
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Oh and lets not forget our soldiers who fight for our freedom!!!
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