Happy Belated Independence Day!

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  1. Underpaid_Soldier Jedi Knight

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    I can't believe I forgot to make a Happy Independence Day thread, so here is our belated one! I found this piece from the Philly FanForce board, and thought it showed truely how much sacrifice we went through to become a free nation.



    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. 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."

    They gave you and me a free and independent America. The history books never told you a lot about what happened in the Revolutionary War.

    We didn't just fight the British. We were British subjects and we fought our own government! Some of us take our liberties for granted, forgetting they were won by the "militia" against an overbearing central government bent on robbing individuals of basic rights to speech, self-defense, and personal property.

    Be sure to take a few minutes while enjoying your 4th of July holiday to silently thank these patriots and resolve never to give away the freedoms they died to secure. It's not too much to ask for the price they paid.


    Remember: freedom isn't free.
  2. James3 Jedi Master

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    Apr 7, 2006
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    Well done man, You need to get a job in D.C.
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