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July 4th, 2009, 08:02 AM #1Happy 4th of July from Texas Y'All - Here's some Freedom Facts.
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.
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!
Patriotism is NOT a sin, and the Fourth of July has more to it than beer, picnics, and fireworks.
I will be BBQ'ing, drinking beer, spending time with my family, lighting and watching professional fireworks tonite to celebrate......
..... but I will also remember what's at the core of the celebration.
HAPPY 4TH OF JULY TO EVERYONE, EVERYWHERE
July 4th, 2009, 09:24 AM #2
Nice post. Thanks for reminding us of the true meaning of this day.
Happy Fourth of July!This World is Not My Home
We're gonna go inside, we're gonna go outside, inside and outside. . . And then we're gonna go go go and we're not gonna stop til we get across that goalline! Quotes from the movie Rudy, 1993
July 4th, 2009, 12:25 PM #3
Nicely Done Jimmy, Happy 4th to all!Continued Success,
The secret of success is constancy of purpose ~ Disraeli
July 4th, 2009, 12:33 PM #4
July 4th, 2009, 12:42 PM #5
Thanks for the reminder, and Happy 4th of July to everyone!
July 4th, 2009, 12:44 PM #6
HAPPY FOURTH OF JULY EVERYONE !!!
-rematt"I know that you believe you understand what you think I said, but I'm not sure you realize that what you heard is not what I meant." - Richard Nixon
July 4th, 2009, 01:51 PM #7
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July 4th, 2009, 02:58 PM #8
Glad you folks like it.
I'm a proud American Gramps and when a friend sent this to me first thing this morning, I knew there would be plenty of you that felt the same way!
July 4th, 2009, 07:28 PM #9
I love the 4th Of July but this one has me kinda down....I moved to Brevard County Florida.....New Brevard fireworks law goes into effect today.
A new law goes into effect today, after Brevard County commissioners voted 3-to-2 in December, to ban anyone but farmers, miners and railroad engineers from being able to buy or launch fireworks.
The move requires anyone buying fireworks to present a state issued registration, granting permission.
About fifty people were on hand when the board instituted the fireworks ban. They all opposed the stricter regulations, many calling the measure unpatriotic.
Meantime, fireworks manufacturers say the new restrictions will put them out of business.
Last edited by snappy; July 4th, 2009 at 07:53 PM.I attract success and abundance into my life because that is who I am.
July 4th, 2009, 10:01 PM #10
Happy 4th everyone! Enjoy the day and all the trimmings.
Off to see fireworks and eat BBQ. :-)Peace,
Loving Everyone's Child Creates Magic
July 5th, 2009, 03:43 AM #11
Thanks for sharing that, Jimmy!
We had an awesome day today on America's 233rd b-day and as I watched the festivities I kept in mind all the sacrifices our founding fathers and men and women in the armed forces have made to pay for our freedom.
Happy 4th of July!-Don't criticize anyone til you've walked a mile in their shoes. Then when you do criticize them, you'll be a mile away and have their shoes.
- Silence is golden. Duct Tape is silver.
July 5th, 2009, 09:05 AM #12
Well as far as getting to see any fireworks sniff sniff The City of Palm Bay accidentally got the fireworks all wet and they were all destroyed estimated $139k wasted. We weren't allowed to set off fireworks as police were on a fireworks patrol enforcing the new law handing out tickets to all us patriots who bought a package from walmart, I want to move......
Last edited by snappy; July 5th, 2009 at 09:09 AM. Reason: not taxed dollars donations wasted :(I attract success and abundance into my life because that is who I am.
July 5th, 2009, 09:15 AM #13
EDIT: Snappy, you were posting as I was writing ..... That stinks. This was a response to the previous post -
I had a heck of a day too!
Woke up early, prepped all of my meat, and the marinade rocked.
Did an extra detailed job on my yard.
Even painted my BBQ pit -
Washed my Jeep throughly
102 plus out here in Katy / West Houston yesterday and my Scotch / Irish skin is sun-burned kind of badly, but OK.
BBQ'd with my brother's family. ( only family that hasn't run back to our roots in California )
Went to a fireworks display that was pretty nice, ( nothing like the display that you New Yawkers must have had, according to Loxly's pics in a post yesterday ) and came home and blew stuff up with my oldest grand-daughter. ( she's 9... The 3 year old fell out on the way back and slept through all that while still in her car seat in my Jeep - )
ALL TOGETHER A GREAT DAY!
Very Cool! -
July 5th, 2009, 09:43 AM #14
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Happy 4th everyone!!!
Great day blowing things up in the front yard also.
July 5th, 2009, 01:11 PM #15
Even though fireworks are pretty much banned, we still went to the beach and did do a bbq and spent the evening at home after the cops came and told us the unfortunate news of the wet fireworks we watched the rest of the country on tv. my daughter is only 3 so she really doesn't know what fireworks are so she was not upset, if they mess with christmas its on!I attract success and abundance into my life because that is who I am.