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Old 06-29-2000, 06:40 PM   #1
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Post Some thoughts for the fourth of July

A friend of mine posted this on the message board of the 189th VFS (Falcon4).

With the coming of July 4th, it may well be worth remembering what happened to those men who signed the Declaration of

Have you ever wondered what happened to the 56 men 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 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 captured.

Carter Braxton of 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 McKeam 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., 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 had his home and properties destroyed. The enemy jailed his wife, and she died within a few months.

John Hart 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. A few weeks later, he died from exhaustion and a broken

Norris 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.

Standing talk 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. The history books never told you a lot about what happened in the
Revolutionary War. We didn't fight just the British. We
were British subjects at that time and we fought our own government!

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. Remember: Freedom is never free!

I hope you will show your support by please sending this to as many people as you can. It's time we get the word out that patriotism
is NOT a sin, and the Fourth of July has more to it
than beer, picnics, and baseball games.
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Old 06-29-2000, 09:29 PM   #2
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good to be reminded of these things every so often...
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Old 06-29-2000, 10:00 PM   #3
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Ahh, the American Dream

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Old 06-29-2000, 10:08 PM   #4
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any members of Native American, or Vietnamese for that matter, origin care to add any thoughts on this?
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Old 06-29-2000, 10:49 PM   #5
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Yeah, those damn British. Lets go loot and burn London.
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Old 06-29-2000, 11:13 PM   #6
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NOOOOO...not london...that is where my WRX (ie) is ah hem...will be, when i purchase one and find a good storage spot for it anyhow. anybody know of a good spot to store a wrx in the UK? i SERIOUSLY will be buying one in the next 2 years or so, and want to know where i can keep my new toy
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Old 06-29-2000, 11:25 PM   #7
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All their sacrifice for a country going to "hell in a handbasket".
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Old 06-30-2000, 07:48 AM   #8
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TopDog, thank you and God Bless America.

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Old 06-30-2000, 08:20 AM   #9
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Well, congratulations to you all in the US of A. I hope you celebrate the 4th of July in style. Because celebrate you should!

We, the britsh, still have no constitution of our own. We have no right to silence, it is illegal to gather in large groups. In law we are still under the government of a Monarchy, all our new laws must be signed by the queen.

A large number of our current civil rights are ownly in place due to the European Union forcing our government through the courts to comply.

We dont have a freedom of information act, we have an official secrets act.

We still live in a class based society, although you have to look deep to actually notice it.

So celebrate it you guys, it's the most important day in your history for freedom. And dont forget, guard you rights and freedoms, what happened in your country during the McCarthy era was not freedom, it was opression, dont ever let it happen again.

John (missing the USA, i left your country on the 4th of july 93 after six months of having a fantastic time, the 4th means reflection for me too)
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Old 06-30-2000, 08:39 AM   #10
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sir you do everybody in England an honor by you well thought our words. And truth be known, you are probabaly more proud of American than some americans!

but its not all bad here. WE have our problems, with government, racial tensions, violence, but all in all its still the sweet taste of freedom that makes our life so enjoyable. Its waking up every morning without the burdon of harsh political restraints, and knowing that anything you desire can be made possible with determination and hard work.

The media would have the world belive that we are a country that hates itself and has no identity. That we are a country full of Generation X loosers and will not amount to anything in the next 10 years.

I wholeheartedly disagree. I think that we have the brightest minds in the world fastly coming to the forefront and that things have never looked better. This all may sound like a white washed picture of our perfect little country... but the fact is we have the freedom to make it just that. I dont have blinders on to our problems.. sure they are here. But I refuse to ignore the pride we Americans have to live here and strive to make my peice of the American dream never die.


hopeless patriotic rant of a man who is just proud of his country...

Take care and Happy 4th to all!!!

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