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Twice Bitten
07-04-2009, 11:13 AM
Happy Birthday United States of America!
May the ideals of our founding fathers keep living though this country. God bless them for the sacrifices they gave to build this country!


"We who also sacrificed to preserve freedom and our nation from tyranny - military combat veterans - probably understand more than we would like that freedom is not free.
Remember, many of the 56 forefathers were not career politicians, but men of ordinary means like us - 24 were lawyers and jurists, 11 were merchants, and nine were farmers and plantation owners.
Five signers were captured 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."

Just remember, it was only 3% of the population who stood up against the British!

93KingCobra
07-04-2009, 02:44 PM
Amen!!!!

ORANGE CRUSH
07-05-2009, 10:46 PM
Yes! Amen brother! maybe soon to be brother in arms.

SuperG
07-06-2009, 09:50 AM
Just remember, it was only 3% of the population who stood up against the British!
You know, not many people know or believe that statistic...but it's true. What's more is that it holds true today as well. Very few people make HUGE differences in our country that most people don't recognize. Those few people coupled with the rest of the hard working folks here is what has made this country the greatest on earth!

Plus there's SCMC.

Twice Bitten
07-06-2009, 10:33 AM
Plus there's SCMC.


A drinking club with a Cobra problem! :D

Twice Bitten
07-06-2009, 10:36 AM
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.