Today is the Fourth of July, a day that is a national holiday. The day is set aside to commemorate the adoption of the Declaration of Independence back in 1776. A document that declared our Independence from Great Britain.
John Adams one of the signers of the Declaration of Independence wrote his wife saying, " It ought to be commemorated as the day of deliverance, by solemn acts of devotion to God almighty. It ought to be solemnized with pomp and parade, with shows, games, sports, guns, bells, bonfires and illumination from one end of this continent to the other from this time forward forever more."
As we celebrate our freedom, we need to remember the 56 men who signed the declaration. Five were captured by the British and became prisoners of war. Twelve had their homes ransacked and burned. Nine died during the course of the Revolutionary War.
They were all men of means and well educated. But they signed the Declaration of Independence knowing full well that the penalty could be death if they were captured.
As we go about our activities today with family and friends, take just a moment and give thanks for these patriots. It's not too much to ask for the price they paid.
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