Celebrating Freedom It Carries a High Price

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Celebrating Freedom It Carries a High Price

Our War of Independence was a battle fought by professionals on one side and by determined colonists, many farmers and shopkeepers with some soldiers intermixed.

The decisive battle was fought in Yorktown, VA, with the French fleet blocking the sea and the Continental Army encamped on land.

The Continental Army was assisted by a French force of 5,000 men and 450 officers under the command of General Jean Baptiste de Rochambeau. The had landed in Rhode Island and made a forced march in 14 weeks to meet Washington's army for the final siege and battle at Yorktown.

That march took the army right through Waterbury CT and a non-descript marker, almost completely covered by weeds is the only reminder of that passage through the area.


There are symbolic markers similar to the drum in the photo all along the 680-mile route taken in 1781. That market=r is 3 feet high and 4 feet in diameter and gets minimal notice as evidenced by the weed coverage around it. 

I don't know if it is typical the rest of the way and I have seen at least 2 other similar drums along the roadway through to the State line in New York.

On their own they carry little significance to the events that will commemorate the holiday. 

At the very least when viewed closely, they are a reminder that the war for our independence was not cheap and those non soldiers with their compatriots, paid a high price to set the foundation for the country we love today.

The rest of the details of that marker is the notice that there are also 2 French soldiers, unknown, resting along the roadway.

Freedom does carry a price and a moment to recognize it while enjoy the day off would not be inappropriate.

Happy Fourth of July


Celebrating Freedom It Carries a High Price

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Michael Elliott
Fathom Realty - Burlington Township, NJ
Burlington, New Jersey Residential Sales

This is a great post , Ed!  My birthplace (Trenton, NJ) obviously also is steeped in history.  Have a great 4th.

Jul 04, 2024 03:52 AM
Lawrence "Larry" & Sheila Agranoff. Cell: 631-805-4400
The Top Team @ Charles Rutenberg Realty 255 Executive Dr, Plainview NY 11803 - Plainview, NY
Long Island Condo and Home Specialists

Ed, It's important for every American to recall the reasons behind the freedoms we cherish!

Jul 04, 2024 04:06 AM
Brian England
Ambrose Realty Management LLC - Gilbert, AZ
MBA, GRI, REALTOR® Real Estate in East Valley AZ

The price is certainly high for everything these days, but I am thankful for all of those who fought for the freedoms we enjoy.

Jul 04, 2024 04:18 AM
Nina Hollander, Broker
Coldwell Banker Realty - Charlotte, NC
Your Greater Charlotte Realtor

As overused as the expression might be, Ed... freedom is not free. It comes with a huge cost and much sacrifice.

Jul 04, 2024 04:18 AM
Dorie Dillard Austin TX
Coldwell Banker Realty ~ 512.750.6899 - Austin, TX
NW Austin ~ Canyon Creek and Spicewood/Balcones

Good morning Ed,

Loved your post going over the final siege and war fought. I wish more time was spent teaching our children the historical facts so they could understand why we celebrate today and understand the high cost our freedom cost for us to enjoy today.

Jul 04, 2024 04:51 AM
Kat Palmiotti
eXp Commercial, Referral Divison - Kalispell, MT
Helping your Montana dreams take root

It would be nice if those markers were maintained!

Jul 04, 2024 05:06 AM
Wayne Martin
Wayne M Martin - Oswego, IL
Real Estate Broker - Retired

Good morning Ed. Many paid the ultimate price to establish our freedom and many continue to pay in order to preserve it. Unfortunately, these days too many take it for granted and abuse it. Enjoy your day.

Jul 04, 2024 05:23 AM
Roy Kelley
Retired - Gaithersburg, MD

Good Thursday morning, Ed. Enjoy the holiday.

We have a sunny morning in Maryland for the parade in our home community.

Jul 04, 2024 07:02 AM
George Souto
George Souto NMLS #65149 - Middletown, CT
Your Connecticut Mortgage Expert

Ed thank you for the history lesson on this very special day.   Happy 4th of July.

Jul 04, 2024 08:03 AM
Jeff Dowler, CRS
eXp Realty of California, Inc. - Carlsbad, CA
The Southern California Relocation Dude

Hi Ed:

Thank you for reminding us all what this day is really all about.

Happy Independence Day!



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Jul 04, 2024 09:24 AM
John Pusa
Glendale, CA

Hello Ed Silva, 203-206-0754 very true, freedom carries a high price. Have a Happy 4th of July Independence Day.

Jul 04, 2024 10:00 AM
Kathy Streib
Cypress, TX
Home Stager/Redesign

Ed- you live in an area that is steeped in the history of our country. How lucky you are! When we lived in Northern VA, we spend every weekend exploring historical sites. What a wonderful post this is!!!!!  

Our children need to see understand that what we enjoy came at a high price. 

Jul 04, 2024 04:48 PM
Lew Corcoran
Better Living Real Estate, LLC - East Bridgewater, MA
Real Estate Agent, Home Stager, & Photographer

Thank you, Ed, for sharing this thought-provoking reflection on the sacrifices made during the American Revolution and the significance of the drums marking the route of General Rochambeau's army - a poignant reminder of the true cost of freedom and a timely reminder to appreciate the sacrifices of those who came before us.

Jul 05, 2024 01:14 AM
Wanda Kubat-Nerdin - Wanda Can!
Red Rock Real Estate (435) 632-9374 - St. George, UT
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Recent generations have lost sight of the sacrifices that were made so that we could live in a republic and be free to make our own decisions. Thank you for this post and I hope your 4th of July was memorable, Ed!

Jul 05, 2024 06:49 AM
Carol Williams
Although I'm retired, I love sharing my knowledge and learning from other real estate industry professionals. - Wenatchee, WA
Retired Agent / Broker / Prop. Mgr, Wenatchee, WA

Hi Ed,
I appreciate a post like this that brings to the forefront what Independence Day is really about. One of my most sobering experiences was visiting Gettysburg. Next time I go east, I want to spend more time in the historic areas.  Thanks for the post.

Jul 05, 2024 08:14 AM
Adam Feinberg
Elegran - Manhattan, NY
NYC Condo, Co-op, and Townhouse Advisor

I am reminded of our founding fathers on a regular basis. I live 7 blocks away from Alexander Hamilton's house. George Washington used a mansion a little less than a mile from me as his headquarters for the Battle of Harlem Heights. That very same mansion hosts dinners for multiple founding fathers- and was later a residence for Aaron Burr. Burr was married to Eliza Jumel for 3 months when she filed for divorce...and to really stick the knife in the divorce preceedings- she used Alexander Hamilton's son as her divorce attorney. 

Jul 05, 2024 12:40 PM
John Juarez
The Medford Real Estate Team - Fremont, CA

We sometimes use out holidays as simply a time for enjoyment away from work. We should never forget the reason for the holiday. In the case of July 4th, we celebrate our Freedom from tyranny and our Independence. 

Jul 06, 2024 12:50 PM