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And now some history. A good read.

 

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.

 

So, take a few minutes while enjoying your 4th of July holiday and

 

silently thank these patriots. It's not much to ask for the price they paid.

 

Remember: freedom is never free!

 

I hope you will show your support by sending this to as many

 

people as you can, please. It's time we get the word out that patriotism

 

is NOT a sin, and the Fourth of July has more to it than beer,

 

picnics, and baseball games.

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Thanks for posting this. I'd seen it before, but just copied it to email to everyone in my address book. We all need to take a moment on Saturday and thank those who gave their all for future generations.

 

In spite of the scum in Washington these days, this is still the greatest country in the history of mankind.

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Has Jeff fact checked this yet? :waiting:

 

As an American, thanks to those who have sacrificed for me and my family.

 

As a former Marine, Semper Fi to my brothers...past, present, and future. :salute:

 

I'll just tell him to snope this! :hysterical:

 

Lets just remember all those who fought and sacrificed and died for us to be able to enjoy that

great bar bq with our friends and family this weekend!

 

:salute::salute::salute:

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think about this............

 

Happy 4th of July!....

................let' s get this started now,

So it will be out there on the fourth!!!!

 

 

PLEDGE ALLEGIANCE TO THE

FLAG,

 

OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA,

 

AND TO THE REPUBLIC, FOR

WHICH IT STANDS,

 

ONE NATION UNDER GOD,

 

INDIVISIBLE, WITH LIBERTY

 

AND JUSTICE FOR ALL!

 

KEEP IT LIT!! KEEP IT LIT!

For

All of our other military personnel, where ever they may Be

 

Please Support all of the troops defending our Country.

 

 

And God Bless our Military who are protecting our Country for our Freedom.

Thanks To them, and their sacrifices we can celebrate the 4th of July

 

 

We must never forget who

Gets the credit for the freedoms we have, of which we should be

Eternally grateful..

 

CONTINUED....

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I watched the flag

Pass by one day,

It fluttered in the breeze.

 

A young Marine

Saluted it,

And then he stood at ease..

 

I looked at

Him in uniform

So young, so tall, so proud,

With hair cut square

And eyes alert

He'd stand out in any crowd.

 

 

I thought how many men

Like him

Had fallen through the years.

How many died on foreign Soil

How many mothers' tears?

 

How many pilots' planes

Shot down?

How many died at sea

How many foxholes were soldiers' Graves?

No, freedom isn't free

 

I heard the sound of Taps

One night,

When everything was still,

I listened to the bugler Play

And felt a sudden chill.

 

I wondered just how many times

That Taps had meant 'Amen,'

 

When a flag had draped a Coffin.

Of a brother or a friend.

 

I thought of all the Children,

Of the mothers and the wives,

Of fathers, sons and Husbands

With interrupted lives.

 

I Thought about a graveyard

At the bottom of the sea

 

 

Of unmarked graves in Arlington.

No, freedom isn't free.

 

Enjoy Your Freedom

& God Bless Our Troops

 

Please stop for a moment

And Say a Prayer for our servicemen.

Of all the gifts you could give A US Soldier, Prayer is the very best One.

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and this is not........

 

> The prelude to the "response" below, from Colonel Bud Day, Medal of Honor > recipient - prisoner of war survivor - reads>> "I didn't expect to be reminded of my treatment some 36 years ago on this > holiday weekend but our politicians find it worthy to ignore what some > have tried to recount to them, who have actually been there."

 

> ********************* *****************************************>

 

 

I got shot down over N Vietnam in 1967..a squadron commander.> After I returned in 1973. I published 2 books that dealt a lot with "real > torture" in Hanoi . Our make believe president is branding our country as > a bunch of torturers when he has no idea what torture is.>> As for me, put thru a mock execution, because I would not respond...pistol > whipped on the head...same event.. Couple of days later...hung by my feet > all day. I escaped and got recaptured a couple of weeks later.. I got shot > and recaptured. Shot was OK...what happened after was not.>> They marched me to Vinh.. put me in the rope trick, trick..almost pulled > my arms out of the sockets. Beat me on the head with a little wooden rod > until my eyes were swelled shut, and my unshot, unbroken hand a pulp.>> Next day hung me by the arms...rebroke my right wrist...wiped out the > nerves in my arms that control the hands...rolled my fingers up into a > ball. Only left the slightest movement of my L forefinger. So I started > answering with some incredible lies.>> Sent me to Hanoi strapped to a barrel of gas in the back of a truck.>> Hanoi ..on my knees..rope trick again. Beaten by a big fool.>> Into leg irons on a bed in Heartbreak Hotel.>> Much kneeling--hands up at Zoo.>> Really bad beating for refusing to condemn Lyndon Johnson.>> Several more kneeling events. I could see my knee bone thru kneeling > holes.>> There was an escape from the annex to the Zoo. I was the Senior Officer of > a large building because of escape..they started a mass torture of all > commanders.>> I think it was July 7, 1969..they started beating me with a car fan belt. > In first 2 days I took over 300 strokes...then stopped counting because I > never thought I would live thru it.>> They continued day-nite torture to get me to confess to a non-existent > part in the escape. This went on for at least 3 days. On my knees..fan > belting.. cut open my scrotum with fan belt stroke. opened up both knee > holes again. My fanny looked like hamburger..I could not lie on my back..>> They tortured me into admitting that I was in on the escape..and that my 2 > room-mates knew about it.>> The next day I denied the lie.>> They commenced torturing me again with 3- 6- or 9 strokes of the fan belt > every day from about July 11 or 12rh..to 14 October 1969. I continued to > refuse to lie about my roommates again.>>> Now, the point of this is that our make-believe president has declared to > the world that we ( U.S. ) are a bunch of torturers.. Thus it will be OK > to torture us next time when they catch us.....because that is what the > U.S.. does.>> Our make-believe president is a know nothing fool who thinks that pouring > a little water on some one's face, or hanging a pair of women's pants over > an Arabs head is TORTURE. He is a meathead.>> I just talked to MOH holder Leo Thorsness who was also in my squadron in > jail .... as was John McCain ... and we agree that McCain does not speak > for the POW group when he claims that Al Gharib was torture .. or that > "water boarding" is torture.>> Our president and those fools around him who keep bad mouthing our great > country are a disgrace to the United States . Please pass this info on to > Sean Hannity. He is free to use it to point out the stupidity of the > claims that water boarding ...which has no after effect... is torture. If > it got the Arab to cough up the story about how he planned the attack on > the twin towers in NYC ... hurrah for the guy who poured the water.>> BUD DAY, MOH>>> George Everett "Bud" Day (born February 24, 1925) is a retired U.S. Air > Force Colonel and Command Pilot who served during the Vietnam War. He is > often cited as being the most decorated U.S. service member since General > Douglas MacArthur, having received some seventy decorations, a majority > for actions in combat. Day is a recipient of the Medal of Honor.>>>>>>

 

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Colonel Bud Day

:salute::salute::salute::salute::salute::salute::salute::salute::salute::salute::salute::salute:

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and this is not........

 

> The prelude to the "response" below, from Colonel Bud Day, Medal of Honor > recipient - prisoner of war survivor - reads>> "I didn't expect to be reminded of my treatment some 36 years ago on this > holiday weekend but our politicians find it worthy to ignore what some > have tried to recount to them, who have actually been there."

 

> ********************* *****************************************>

 

 

I got shot down over N Vietnam in 1967..a squadron commander.> After I returned in 1973. I published 2 books that dealt a lot with "real > torture" in Hanoi . Our make believe president is branding our country as > a bunch of torturers when he has no idea what torture is.>> As for me, put thru a mock execution, because I would not respond...pistol > whipped on the head...same event.. Couple of days later...hung by my feet > all day. I escaped and got recaptured a couple of weeks later.. I got shot > and recaptured. Shot was OK...what happened after was not.>> They marched me to Vinh.. put me in the rope trick, trick..almost pulled > my arms out of the sockets. Beat me on the head with a little wooden rod > until my eyes were swelled shut, and my unshot, unbroken hand a pulp.>> Next day hung me by the arms...rebroke my right wrist...wiped out the > nerves in my arms that control the hands...rolled my fingers up into a > ball. Only left the slightest movement of my L forefinger. So I started > answering with some incredible lies.>> Sent me to Hanoi strapped to a barrel of gas in the back of a truck.>> Hanoi ..on my knees..rope trick again. Beaten by a big fool.>> Into leg irons on a bed in Heartbreak Hotel.>> Much kneeling--hands up at Zoo.>> Really bad beating for refusing to condemn Lyndon Johnson.>> Several more kneeling events. I could see my knee bone thru kneeling > holes.>> There was an escape from the annex to the Zoo. I was the Senior Officer of > a large building because of escape..they started a mass torture of all > commanders.>> I think it was July 7, 1969..they started beating me with a car fan belt. > In first 2 days I took over 300 strokes...then stopped counting because I > never thought I would live thru it.>> They continued day-nite torture to get me to confess to a non-existent > part in the escape. This went on for at least 3 days. On my knees..fan > belting.. cut open my scrotum with fan belt stroke. opened up both knee > holes again. My fanny looked like hamburger..I could not lie on my back..>> They tortured me into admitting that I was in on the escape..and that my 2 > room-mates knew about it.>> The next day I denied the lie.>> They commenced torturing me again with 3- 6- or 9 strokes of the fan belt > every day from about July 11 or 12rh..to 14 October 1969. I continued to > refuse to lie about my roommates again.>>> Now, the point of this is that our make-believe president has declared to > the world that we ( U.S. ) are a bunch of torturers.. Thus it will be OK > to torture us next time when they catch us.....because that is what the > U.S.. does.>> Our make-believe president is a know nothing fool who thinks that pouring > a little water on some one's face, or hanging a pair of women's pants over > an Arabs head is TORTURE. He is a meathead.>> I just talked to MOH holder Leo Thorsness who was also in my squadron in > jail .... as was John McCain ... and we agree that McCain does not speak > for the POW group when he claims that Al Gharib was torture .. or that > "water boarding" is torture.>> Our president and those fools around him who keep bad mouthing our great > country are a disgrace to the United States . Please pass this info on to > Sean Hannity. He is free to use it to point out the stupidity of the > claims that water boarding ...which has no after effect... is torture. If > it got the Arab to cough up the story about how he planned the attack on > the twin towers in NYC ... hurrah for the guy who poured the water.>> BUD DAY, MOH>>> George Everett "Bud" Day (born February 24, 1925) is a retired U.S. Air > Force Colonel and Command Pilot who served during the Vietnam War. He is > often cited as being the most decorated U.S. service member since General > Douglas MacArthur, having received some seventy decorations, a majority > for actions in combat. Day is a recipient of the Medal of Honor.>>>>>>

 

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Colonel Bud Day

:salute::salute::salute::salute::salute::salute::salute::salute::salute::salute::salute::salute:

 

 

Bump........its worthy!

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:salute: I look forward to 2012 when we can hopefully get our country back on the right track again and continue to honor our soldiers and heroes such as they should be.

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