A Humble History Lesson
When an American says that he loves his country, he means not only that he loves the New England hills, the prairies glistening in the sun, the wide and rising plains, the great mountains, and the sea. He means that he loves an inner air, an inner light in which freedom lives and in which a man can draw the breath of self-respect.
Their names and the states they represented were:Delaware • George Read • Caesar Rodney • Thomas McKeanPennsylvania • George Clymer • Benjamin Franklin • Robert Morris • John Morton • Benjamin Rush • George Ross • James Smith • James Wilson • George TaylorMassachusetts • John Adams • Samuel Adams • John Hancock • Robert Treat Paine • Elbridge Gerry
- 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.
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.
They were 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 from 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 McKean of Delaware 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. of Virginia, 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 from New York, had his home and properties destroyed. The enemy jailed his wife, and she died within a few months.
- John Hart from New Jersey, 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 my fellow Americans who celebrate today, 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. And for all my readers, whether from this country or another, always remember what might just be the most important lesson that we Americans remember today and we as a human race, seek to remember always:
FREEDOM IS NEVER FREE!
GOD BLESS THE U.S.A.
“I’m Proud To Be An American”
performed by: Lee Greenwood
It is for freedom that Christ has set us free. Stand firm, then, and do not let yourselves be burdened again by a yoke of slavery.
Galatians 5: 1 NIV
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