Today is the 4th of July. Independence Day. This is a day of great significance in American history.
The Declaration of Independence ends with:
"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."
The signers of America’s Declaration of Independence endured the sacrifice of toil and blood as have succeeding generations.
Of those Fifty-six (56) who signed the Declaration of Independence,
- Nine (9) died of wounds or hardships during the war.
- Five (5) were captured and imprisoned, in each case with brutal treatment.
- Several lost wives, children, or entire families.
- One (1) lost his thirteen (13) children.
- Two (2) wives were brutalized and tortured.
- All were at one time or another the victims of manhunts and driven from their homes.
- Twelve (12) signers had their homes completely burned.
- Seventeen (17) lost everything they owned.
- I wonder, at times, do we still have Americans that committed to preserving our Independence and Freedoms? My fear is they would be labeled as insurrectionists and treated as harshly as our founding generation. Freedom is not Free. It comes with a stiff price
Both John Adams and Thomas Jefferson died on July 4, 1826 (50 years to the day of the Declaration).
Daniel Webster gave the eulogy for both men on August 2. Included in his remarks on that notable day were these words:
“It [the Declaration of Independence] is my living sentiment, and by the blessing of God, it shall be my dying sentiment. Independence now, and forever