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"All who have meditated on the art of governing mankind have been convinced that the fate of empires depends on the education of youth." Aristotle - Greek Philosopher.

Sunday, July 02, 2006

"Our Sacred Honor"

"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."

sa·cred [ sáykrid ] adjective. Definition: 1. devoted to God: dedicated to God or religious purpose.

hon·or [ ónnər ] noun. Definition: 1. personal integrity: strong moral character or strength, and adherence to ethical principles.

They made the pledge - and many of them lost their lives and their fortunes. Their sacred honor is intact. Thanks to them we enjoy the freedoms we enjoy today in the United States of America. We will never forget those who died, or lost everything.

The Price They Paid.

Here are but a few of the signers and what happened to them.

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.

Thomas Nelson Jr., noted that the British General Cornwallis had taken over the Nelson home for hisheadquarters. The owner 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. A few weeks later he died from exhaustion and a broken heart. Norris and Livingston suffered similar fates.

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 in the revolutionary army, another had two sons captured. Nine of the 56 fought and died from wounds or hardships of the revolutionary war.

What kind of men were they? Twenty-four were lawyers and jurists.Eleven were merchants, nine were farmers and large plantationowners, 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.

God Bless America.

Update - Welcome Inquirer readers. Thank you, young journalist, for linking to my blog this weekend. I take back all of those horrible things I've said about the Philadelphia Inquirer!


Blogger Mike's America said...

Thanks for that reminder of the Founding Father's sacrifice. It gives a human dimension to the phrase: "freedom isn't free."

03 July, 2006 02:26  
Blogger MonicaR said...

These are the things that come to mind while I'm watching fireworks - until the grand finale anyway! Then I'm just like a little kid ooooohing and aaaaahing.

03 July, 2006 08:22  
Blogger City Troll said...

Great Post sweety... but I'm sorry the Inquirer is still a rag....

03 July, 2006 12:18  
Blogger Daniel Rubin said...

that young journalist is probably older than you are.


03 July, 2006 14:42  
Blogger Always On Watch said...

Monica R,
I was looking for this information for my July 4th posting, but couldn't access it quickly enough.

Thank you for the reminder of the risks which the signers took so that we can be free. In this day and age, we often don't think about those risks. What an act of courage!

03 July, 2006 16:00  
Blogger The WordSmith from Nantucket said...

Thanks for the reminder!

03 July, 2006 21:48  
Blogger MonicaR said...

Troll - thanks hun.

Daniel - you may be right. Although looking at his picture he might be my contemporary. Possibly a couple of years younger. Grizz is middle aged now...

AOW - it blows my mind what these guys did. All of them - down to the youngest soldier fighting with so little. Amazing.

Wordsmith - you're welcome!

04 July, 2006 00:40  
Blogger Skye said...

Freedom isn't free...it's precious.

Thanks for reminding the good folks in Philly and elsewhere of the price our founding fathers were willing to pay for their belief in this 'great experiment' called America.

With these thoughts in mind, I still am shocked by those who believe America is not worth fighting for. I wonder if there is anything these people value...

Also, does anyone know what rock the Dixie Twits are hiding under this 4th of July? All the flag waving patriotic displays must be making them nauseous :)

04 July, 2006 14:12  
Blogger Skye said...

Yeah, I've may have pointed that out once or twice on my blog.

You know, I might act nicer towards the Inquirer if they linked my blog on to "Blinq" :)


but I'm sorry the Inquirer is still a rag....

04 July, 2006 14:15  
Blogger Rocky said...

Thank you for the great reminder of the sacrifices of the founders of America. Please keep up the good work on your blog. And thank you for viewing and leaving a comment on my blog. Perhaps someday my blog will be as cool as yours.

05 July, 2006 12:36  
Blogger Rocky said...

Thank you for the great reminder of the sacrifices of the founders of America. Please keep up the good work on your blog. And thank you for viewing and leaving a comment on my blog. Perhaps someday my blog will be as cool as yours.

05 July, 2006 12:41  
Blogger tshsmom said...

We always do a founding fathers history lesson on July 4th, too.
Too many of our citizens have forgotten WHY we celebrate Independence Day!

05 July, 2006 19:50  
Blogger MonicaR said...

Skye - haven't heard too much about the Dixie Twits this holiday. Thank goodness! :-) Many leftists really don't believe that there is anything worth fighting for.

Rocky - thanks for visiting and thank you for the very kind comment. I think you are already twice as cool as I!

tshsmom - It's what it's all about. My mother and father somehow instilled that knowledge into me (it certainly wasn't school that did it!) and I am determined that my kids will understand as well.

05 July, 2006 23:26  

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