This morning I want share some thoughts about our upcoming Independence Day. You may have heard this before, but freedom is never free! Consider the 56 men who signed the Declaration of Independence and what happened to them in the following months:
Well, they were just like you and me. 24 were lawyers and jurists. Eleven were merchants and business owners; nine were farmers and plantation owners. They signed the Declaration 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 and his shipping company burned and destroyed by the British Navy. He sold his home and properties to pay his debts, and died in penniless.
Vandals or soldiers looted many of their properties. Others had their homes taken over to be British headquarters and when they were done, the homes were destroyed and their families were imprisoned and torn apart. Most of those men died bankrupt.
These are true stories about the men of the American Revolution. They were well educated and they had their security, but they valued their liberty and freedom more. Here was their pledge…
"For the support of this declaration, with firm reliance on the protection of THE divine providence, we mutually pledge to each other, our lives, our fortunes, and our sacred honor."
They gave us a free and independent America. During the Revolutionary War they didn't fight just the British. They were British subjects at that time and therefore fought their our own government!
Some today take our liberties for granted and many don’t realize we owe a debt of gratitude to the patriots who came before us. So, it’s not just another “holiday weekend” at the beach. The 4th is a holiday with a true purpose.
This is the best weekend of the summer in my opinion. We have the Freedom Festival, time with family, a picnic, a ball game and awesome fireworks. At some point pause to reflect on the history, struggle, sacrifice and significance behind your celebration. Tell your kids and grandkids about this.
I am very grateful we have an “Independence Day” in America and for those patriots who went before us. Remember, freedom is never free! This is our news for this Friday, June 27, 2014.