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PHEELIN' JULY 4TH

Posted on July 03 2013

What does the Fourth of July mean to you? Parades? Fireworks? A day off from School or Work?

Unfortunately, many of you know very little about the true meaning of the birthday of our country.

On July 4th, 1776, John Hancock, who was president of the Continental Congress, and Charles

Thomsom, who was the Secretary, signed the Declaration of Independence,a document that

stated we were no longer willing to be ruled by the British.

 

"THE PRICE THEY PAID"

Have you ever wondered what happened to those 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 in the Revolutionary Army, another had two sons

captured. Nine of the 56 fought and died from their wounds or the hardships of the Revolutionary War.

 

 

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.They signed and they pledged their lives,

their fortunes, and their sacred honor.

 

 These men were not wild- eyed, rabble-rousing ruffians. They were soft spoken men of means and

education. The had security, but 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 US INDEPENDENT AMERICA...CAN WE KEEP IT?

Thanks to Dave Tracewell

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