This is a great addition to adults' experience of the 4th of July - Independence Day.
"Never has a simple act of signing one's name carried such weight, such a profound commitment. By signing the Declaration of Independence, 56 men became marked men, and willingly so. Today as we all enjoy the freedom our forefathers guaranteed us, join me in honoring the extraordinary sacrifice of 56 extraordinary Americans.
"Of the 56 men who signed the Declaration of Independence:
"Five were captured by the British as traitors, and tortured before they died. Twelve had their homes burned to the ground. Two lost sons serving in the Revolutionary Army, and two more had sons captured. Nine fought and died in the Revolutionary War. ..."
This was in an article by Glenn Beck. (It was email, so I can't give a link, sorry)
Answer by Anonymous at 2:49 PM on Jul. 3, 2009
They were BRAVE men and if it was not for those men we would not be FREE in the GREATEST COUNTRY EVER U.S.A! Have a wonderful FOURTH OF JULY!
Answer by tnmomofive at 2:56 PM on Jul. 3, 2009
Answer by Anonymous at 3:29 PM on Jul. 3, 2009
"Still, every person had to make choices for themselves. Those who lost sight of the values fought for and won in the past usually came to lose those values, leaving subsequent generations to have to fight to win them back, only for them to be squandered by their heirs, who didn't have to face the struggle to gain them."
This is a quote from the book Confessor by Terry Goodkind. For some reason when I read it last night, it really struck a cord with me about what is going on in our country today, and how we must be so far removed from this country's original struggle that we are willing to give up the values that so many have fought to gain.
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