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  1. F16WarBird

    F16WarBird Jedi Youngling star 4

    Aug 5, 2004
    As everyone prepares for a long holiday weekend, try to remember those who gave so much for OUR freedom.

    Happy Birthday USA!

    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

    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. Reaper63

    Reaper63 Jedi Master star 4

    Nov 17, 2002
    Amen brotha!

    God Bless America and the founding fathers who risked everything to create this great country!
  3. Padawan915

    Padawan915 Jedi Master star 6

    Oct 1, 2002
    Happy 230th birthday America!
  4. Tay-Mar

    Tay-Mar Jedi Padawan star 4

    Apr 4, 2005
    I hope you guys have a good one and a beer for us in the UK.
  5. Lord-Wiz

    Lord-Wiz Jedi Padawan star 4

    May 20, 2005
    have a great day!! :D
  6. veritasuk

    veritasuk Jedi Padawan star 4

    Sep 8, 2004

    Have a good day y'all.
  7. PlayzOboe

    PlayzOboe Jedi Youngling star 2

    Apr 8, 2005
    Happy Independence Day everyone! That was a great message Joe :)
  8. neeldawg66

    neeldawg66 Jedi Master star 8

    Mar 21, 2002
    Happy Fourth of July everyone!!
  9. citizenjohn

    citizenjohn Jedi Knight star 5

    May 4, 2001
    Joe, that was great. Gives true meaning to what toiday realy is about.

    Happy 4th everyone.[face_flag]
  10. Happy Ninja

    Happy Ninja Jedi Knight star 6

    Mar 20, 2000
    Have a great 230th anniversary from seperating from us! :p

    Don't worry, we'll get our own back! :D

    Save me a seat at the bar! :)
  11. Jairen

    Jairen Manager Emeritus star 4 VIP - Former Mod/RSA

    Sep 1, 2000
    Hmm, sorry about that. Happy July 4th everyone.
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