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Our 4th Of July

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Our 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. 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. 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! We thank these early patriots, as well as those patriots now fighting to KEEP our freedom! I hope you will show your support by sending this to as many people as you can, please. It's time we get the word out that patriotism is NOT a sin, and the Fourth of July has more MEANING to it than beer, fireworks, HOT DOGS, and picnics.....

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r.a.d.   

My fifth or sixth (I forget what th) signed it, Charles Carroll of Carrollton, and the masculine spelling of that name has carried down, my Mom's first name being Carroll, instead of Carol.

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Thank you, Shay for posting this.  Most of the time we forget the tremendous sacrifices that have been made by the Founding Fathers and the men and women who have gone to war so that we have the freedoms we enjoy today.  As the above points out, and as I can testify, that sacrifice affects not only the individual, but his/her family and friends throughout their lifetimes.  As I see the current division among our citizens at this time, I wonder what cataclysmic event it will take to bring our country back together again.  As we celebrate the Birthday of our Nation, we should all take time to thank our lucky stars that there have always been those people who were willing to lay their lives on the line so that we can enjoy the freedom to enjoy our Fourth of July in peace.

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  As we celebrate the Birthday of our Nation, we should all take time to thank our lucky stars that there have always been those people who were willing to lay their lives on the line so that we can enjoy the freedom to enjoy our Fourth of July in peace.

AMEN!

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JohnT   

We should never take for granted what we have, and not to tolerate oppression, greed, and any political tyrants regardless of party.

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