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."