I am VERY proud to be an American and I know I am beyond blessed
to live in the United States.
HAPPY BIRTHDAY AMERICA...FOREVER MAY YOU REMAIN FREE!
And since history has gone out of fashion, I wanted to include a bit
about our Founders and what they sacrificed by adding their signatures
to the Declaration of Independence...
Oh, what we have gained from their willingness to stand up for liberty
and ohhhhhhh what we owe them!
Lives, fortunes, honor...
Of those 56 who signed the Declaration of Independence, nine died of wounds or hardships during the war. Five were captured and imprisoned, in each case with brutal treatment. Several lost wives, sons or entire families. One lost his 13 children. Two wives were brutally treated. All were at one time or another the victims of manhunts and driven from their homes. Twelve signers had their homes completely burned. Seventeen lost everything they owned. Yet not one defected or went back on his pledged word. Their honor, and the nation they sacrificed so much to create, is still intact.
And, finally, there is the New Jersey signer, Abraham Clark. He gave two sons to the officer corps in the Revolutionary Army. They were captured and sent to the infamous British prison hulk afloat in New York harbor known as the hell ship "Jersey," where 11,000 American captives were to die. The younger Clarks were treated with a special brutality because of their father. One was put in solitary and given no food. With the end almost in sight, with the war almost won, no one could have blamed Abraham Clark for acceding to the British request when they offered him his sons' lives if he would recant and come out for the King and parliament. The utter despair in this man's heart, the anguish in his very soul, must reach out to each one of us down through 200 years with his answer: "No."
The 56 signers of the Declaration of Independence proved by their every deed that they made no idle boast when they composed the most magnificent curtain line in history. "And for the support of this Declaration with a firm reliance on the protection of divine providence, we mutually pledge to each other our lives, our fortunes and our sacred honor."
And since this has not been one of my lighter...fluffy posts, I
thought I add this little bit of our childhood...thankx to
Schoolhouse Rock, I can never forget that it's "quite interesting,
a nouns a person, place or thing"! ;}
GOD BLESS AMERICA and ALL our soldiers and ESPECIALLY, all you
moms of soldiers...you humble us daily! Thank you for raising amazing