Happy Birthday America!
Today we mark the 233rd year of our birth as a nation!
As we attend our barbecues, parades, firework displays, and parties, let us take time to remember what it is we are celebrating.
233 years ago we as a people Declared our Independence from Great Britain.
As we celebrate our Nations Birthday it's important we remember the sacrifice behind this great day...
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 capture.
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. 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 you and me a free and independent America.
Throughout the history of our nation brave men and women have given the ultimate sacrifice. They have laid down their lives for us all.
Let us remember their sacrifices, and the sacrifice their families have made also.
We enjoy the freedoms and liberties we have because of them all. Past, present and future..
Some of us take these liberties so much for granted, but we shouldn’t. 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.
Have a Happy, Safe, and Wonderful 4th of July!!!!