WE WILL HAVE OUR FREEDOM
AS LONG AS WE MAINTAIN IT
Salute the flag and hear the
proclaiming freedom in our land.
For instance, when you feel
You're not afraid to speak your
And from the media's success,
You know there's freedom of
You worship God in your own
And no one tells you how to
When traveling by car or train,
You're not required to explain,
But may go anywhere you please;
And thus, as everyone agrees,
With love of freedom so ingrained,
We know that it will be maintained.
So thank the Lord, for
He has planned
This liberty throughout our
Author Gloria Nowak
The God who gave us life, gave
us liberty at the same time.
... Thomas Jefferson
The Declaration of Independence
I wonder if the politicians today would sacrifice
Few Americans are aware of the tremendous sacrifices
made by the brave and
selfless men who signed the Declaration of
Independence. Have you ever
wondered what happened to those men who signed
the Declaration of Independence?
Five signers were captured by British as traitors
and were tortured before they died.
Twelve had their homes ransacked or burned.
Two lost their sons in the Revolutionary army.
Another had two sons captured.
Nine of the 56 fought and died from wounds
or the hardships of 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 and well educated. But they signed the
Declaration of Independence,
knowing full well the penalty would be death
if they were captured. They
signed and pledged their lives, their fortunes
and their sacred honor.
Carter Braxton of Virginia, a wealthy planter
and trader, saw his ships
swept from the seas by British navy. He sold
his home and properties to
pay his debts and died in rags.
Thomas McKean was so hounded by the British
that he was forced to move
His family almost constantly. He served in
Congress without pay and his
family was kept in hiding. His possessions
were taken and poverty was his reward.
Vandals or soldiers or both looted the properties
of Ellery, Clymer, Hall,
Walton, Gwinnett, Hetward, Rutledge and Middleton.
Francis Lewis had his home and properties destroyed.
The enemy jailed
His wife, after which she died within a few
At the Battle of Yorktown, Thomas Nelson, Jr.,
noted that British General
Cornwallis had taken over the Nelson home
for his headquarters. The
owner quickly urged General Washington to
open fire on the dwelling. The
home was destroyed. Nelson died a bankrupt
John Hart was driven from his wife's bedside
as she was dying. Their 13
children fled for their lives. His fields
and gristmill were laid waste.
For more than a year, he lived in the forests
and in caves, returning home
after the war to find his wife dead and his
children vanished. A few weeks
later, he died from exhaustion and a broken
Morris 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. They
pledged: "For the support of this Declaration,
with a firm reliance on
the protection of the Divine Providence, we
mutually pledge to each other
our lives, our fortunes and our sacred honor."
The 56 Signers of the Declaration of Independence
Connecticut & New York: Huntington, Samuel;
Floyd, William; Sherman,
Roger; Lewis, Francis; Williams, William;
Livingston, Philip; Wolcott, Oliver; Morris, Lewis.
Delaware & North Carolina: McKean, Thomas;
Hewes, Joseph; Read, George;
Hooper, William; Rodney, Caesar; Penn, John.
Georgia & Pennsylvania: Gwinnett, Button;
Clymer, George; Hall, Lyman;
Franklin, Benjamin; Walton, George; Morris,
Maryland: Morton, Robert; Carroll,
Charles; Ross, George; Chase,
Samuel; Rush, Benjamin; Paca, William; Smith,
James; Stone, Thomas; Taylor, George.
Massachusetts: Wilson, James; Adams,
Rhode Island: Adams, Samuel; Ellery,
William; Gerry, Elbridge;
Hopkins, Stephen; Hancock, John.
South Carolina: Paine, Robert T.;
Heyward, Thomas Jr..
New Hampshire: Lynch, Thomas
Jr.; Bartlett, Josiah; Middleton,
Arthur; Thornton, Matthew; Rutledge, Edward;
Virginia & New Jersey: Braxton,
Carter; Clark, Abraham; Harrison,
Benjamin; Hart, John; Jefferson, Thomas; Hopkinson,
Francis Lightfoot; Stockton, Richard; Lee,
Richard Henry; Witherspoon, John;
Nelson, Thomas Jr.; Wythe, George
Taken from Veteran of Foreign Wars Magazine
dated June/July 1999. I am
truly grateful for men such these. This Fourth
of July tell someone you
know about one of these men.
here to search for a missing buddy!
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