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* The Story of 56 men that made 4th of July possible
Lest we forgetů
Independence Day. Ah yes, a day of picnics, hotdogs, beer and baseball games. But for the 56 men who signed the Declaration of Independence it was no picnic. And I suggest that we stop chewing on our hotdog, set the beer aside, and pause the baseball game for just a moment, to remember who they were and what happened to them.
These were not wild-eyed, rabble-rousing ruffians rebelling against their own government--Britain. They were soft-spoken men of means and education. They had security, but valued liberty more. When they signed the Declaration, they knew full well that the penalty would be death if they were captured. But they stood tall, straight, and unwavering as they pledged " each other, our lives, our fortunes, and our sacred honor." Many of them lost the first two, but never gave up the third--"their sacred honor." Nor should we as we recall who they were and the price they paid for our freedom and once again remind ourselves that freedom is not free.
Five of them were captured by the British, considered traitors to their government, and tortured before they died.
Nine of the 56 fought and died of wounds or hardships of the Revolutionary War.
Two lost their sons fighting in the Revolutionary Army.
Another had two sons captured.
Twelve had their homes ransacked and burned.
John Hart was driven from his wife's bedside as she was dying. Their 13 children fled for their lives. His fields and gristmill were laid 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 of a broken heart.
At the Battle of Yorktown, Thomas Nelson Jr. noted that his home had been taken over by the the British General Cornwallis as his headquarters. He quietly urged General George Washington to open fire on it. His home was destroyed and he died bankrupt.
Thomas McKeam was so hounded by the British that he was forced to move his family constantly. He served in the Congress without pay, and his family kept in hiding. His possessions were taken from him, and poverty was his reward.
Carter Braxton of Virginia, a wealthy planter sold home and properties to pay his debts, and died in rags.
The properties of Dillery, Hall, Clymer, Walton, Gwinnet, Heyward, Ruttledge, and Middleton were looted of everything of value.
Francis Lewis had his home and properties destroyed. The British jailed his wife, and she died within a few months.
Norris and Livingston suffered similar fates.
So now you can go back to chewing on your hotdogs, slurping your beer, playing baseball and enjoying the freedom of living in a country where you are free to gripe about your government--a freedom that a lot of us are excersizing these days. And that's OK, just so long as you don't forget that freedom is not free, and never well be.
Draik is an amazing kid that has the hearts of our members here at ETB. Chasing his dream of racing this year he has stepped up to the Ninja250 and is starting out this season pulling off some amazing podium Finishes. Given we are no business with cash flow and just a member supported group. We do what we can to help Draik further his dreams. Keep up with his race season on our track addicts board. His Father Kurt (R6boater) keeps us up to date with his current races and achievements. And also some really sweet Go-Pro footage. Also make plans to attend our swap meet/fundraiser Sunday May 5th. Any help with this event would be greatly appreciated. Check out the thread in upcoming events. Here is one of his latest videos....
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xx A moment to remember a friend on his birthday... Darkbluexplorer
Today at 03:10:47 AM by Deuce
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Hope you're having a Happy Birthday in Heaven my friend. You are missed.

xx one step closer
Yesterday at 09:27:41 PM by gl1dinorider
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My after work project to get the shop set for giggit.

I'm no carpenter.

xx MC Trip to Rockies -- CRGR Photo Album Link (daily pictures)
Yesterday at 05:33:26 PM by PAULRIDES
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CRGR (Country Road Group Riders (Dan is leading a ride to the Rockies) - 6000 mile trip. 

In case you want to track progress with pictures - here is the link.

Bon Voyage Dinner at The Point (Dandridge Marina) on 07-25. (not all those 30 folks are going - we were at the dinner, but not on the trip). 

TN to Indiana on 07-26, Indiana to Iowa as of 07-27 (last post). Flat country so far (lot of that between here and Rockies).

I enjoyed seeing Herbert Hoover's Historic Site (Brought back memories - Betty and I visited that on an extended RV Trip many moons ago). 

A lot of pictures - you can speed up the slideshow with options (located at bottom of the screen when you open an album). .

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