Happy Freedom Day

  1. [color=#262070] they signed and they pledged their lives, their fortunes,
    [color=#262070]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 and the others held
    respectible positions; men of means, well educated. however,
    they signed the declaration of independence knowing full
    well that the penalty would be death if they were captured.

    [color=#262070]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 fought and died from wounds
    or hardships of the revolutionary war.
    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.

    [color=#262070]please take a few moments while enjoying your 4th of july

    holiday and silently give thanks to these patriots for
    many gave the ultimate price, their lives, for freedom.


    george read
    caesar rodney
    thomas mckean

    new hampshire
    joshiah bartlett
    wiliam whipple
    matthew thornton

    button gwinnett
    lyman hall
    george walton

    south carolina
    edward rutledge
    arthur middleton
    thomas lynch, jr.
    thomas heyward, jr.

    new jersey
    abraham clark
    john hart
    francis hopkinson
    richard stockton
    john witherspoon


    george clymer
    benjamin franklin
    robert morris
    john morton
    benjamin rush
    george ross
    james smith
    james wilson
    george taylor

    rhode island
    stephen hopkins
    william ellery

    richard henry lee
    francis lightfoot lee
    carter braxton
    benjamin harrison
    thomas jefferson
    george wythe
    thomas nelson, jr.

    charles carroll
    samuel chase
    thomas stone
    william paca

    john adams
    samuel adams
    john hancock
    robert treat paine
    elbridge gerry

    new york
    lewis morris
    philip livingston
    francis lewis
    william floyd

    north carolina
    william hooper
    john penn
    joseph hewes

    samuel huntington
    roger sherman
    william williams
    oliver wolcot

    Last edit by FranEMTnurse on Jul 4, '04
  2. 3 Comments

  3. by   SmilingBluEyes
    EXCELLENT thread, Fran!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I loved reading that!
  4. by   jnette
    Very nice. Very appropriate.

    Thank you for reminding us that this day is more than fireworks, picnics, and barbeques. :kiss
  5. by   Mkue
    Love it, thanks a bunch ! :hatparty: