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    Default The 1st Of July Or The 4th Or July...

    There is cause for celebration and relection...

    I went to a bookstore and asked the saleswoman where the Self Help section was. She said if she told me it would defeat the purpose.
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    This is Rex Barker, saying stand up be grateful for your freedom. Below is a piece sent to us about July 4th, American Independence Day.

    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. Most of us take these liberties so much for granted, but we shouldn't. 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. This is Rex Barker, CS ( Commemorating these patriotic Squires) saying Remember: freedom is never free!
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    Freedom is To Ever be free...and to...always remember...

    Love MUST BE ABOSOLUTE!!!

    BUT YA KNOW WHAT? THERE AIN'T NO OTHER WAY!
    If you don't do it RIGHT today, when will you have time to do it over? (Hall of Fame basketball player/coach John Wooden)

    "I may be slow, but my work is poor." Chief Dave Balding, MVFD

    "Its not Rocket Science. Just use a LITTLE imagination." (Me)

    Get it up. Get it on. Get it done!

    impossible solved cotidie. miracles postulo viginti - quattuor hora animadverto

    IACOJ member: Cheers, Play safe y'all.

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    So, er...he don't much like us then??



    Nasty B***d's us Brits...ask anyone who ever met our Special Forces...oh, they didn't live to tell the tale

    Just glad we are all friends Now!!!
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