Remembering Independence Day - Sportbike Forum: Sportbike Motorcycle Forums
Reply
 
LinkBack Thread Tools Display Modes
post #1 of 44 (permalink) Old 06-30-2000, 05:13 AM
Pete
Guest
 
Posts: n/a
Post

Some of you may recall my post asking you to realize the true meaning of Memorial Day. Well, in that same patriotic spirit...

REMEMBERING 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. A few weeks later he
died from exhaustion and a broken heart.

Norris and Livingston suffered similar fates.

Such were the stories and sacrifices of the American Revolution.

These were not wild-eyed, rabble-rousing ruffians. They were
soft-spoken men of means and education. They had security, but they valued liberty more.
Standing tall, straight, and unwavering, they pledged: "For the support of this declaration, with firm reliance on
the protection of the divine providence, we mutually pledge to each other,
our lives, our fortunes, and our sacred honor."

They gave you and me a free and independent America. The history
books never told you a lot about what happened in
the Revolutionary War. We didn't fight just the British. We were British
subjects at that time and we fought our own government!

Some 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.

Remember: freedom is never free! Fly your flags on the fourth. 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.


------------------
Pete
"Life is not a journey to the grave with the intention of arriving safely in one pretty and well preserved piece, but to skid across the line broadside, thoroughly used up, worn out, leaking oil, shouting GERONIMO!"
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
post #2 of 44 (permalink) Old 06-30-2000, 05:31 AM
 
Join Date: Nov 1999
Posts: 2,517
Thumbs up

AND its my birthday!!

Seriously Pete, that was some good info. to point out. It saddens me to think that I dont believe people have that kind of strengthor dedication these days. If you wanted my opinion, its about damn time for another revolution, but people are just to weak, lazy, comfy and short of honor. Unfortunately, with the world now-a-days, we are just drones for the ever powerful government.

------------------
Kyle J.-
email:[email protected]

[This message has been edited by riverrunner_2000 (edited June 30, 2000).]
HondaNut! is offline  
post #3 of 44 (permalink) Old 06-30-2000, 05:32 AM
 
Join Date: Jun 2000
Posts: 5,474
Post

I'm with you Pete.

And we have a draft dodging socialist as the President of the country they gave it all up for.

See the lawyers have been raising Hell for years.

------------------
Ride Hard!

John
RCjohn is offline  
 
post #4 of 44 (permalink) Old 06-30-2000, 05:48 AM
 
Join Date: Jun 2000
Posts: 873
Post

Gosh Pete, i mean im a Republican and all and cant WAIT until the slimey ass dems are out of the White house but damn dude that was a novel you wrote, when i get home ill have to log back on and read it all. (some of us read SBW at work and .... well u know...)



------------------
Fear Green.
GreenNinja is offline  
post #5 of 44 (permalink) Old 06-30-2000, 05:53 AM
 
Join Date: Sep 1999
Posts: 1,408
Post

I'm with you completely Pete.
Most times I feel like the average American could care less about the things that have been given to them as a privilege. If it wasn't for a handful of people 200 years ago, we might still be sittin around drinking tea and eating crumpets at 4:00

Will

------------------
Will Darton
Sportbikeworld Co-Admin
http://azsportbike.net
99ZX-6e
"Losers always whine about their best, winners go home and f**k the prom queen!" - Sean Connery
RedNinja is offline  
post #6 of 44 (permalink) Old 06-30-2000, 06:00 AM
 
Join Date: May 2000
Posts: 1,322
Post

<BLOCKQUOTE><font size="1" face="Verdana, Arial">quote:</font><HR>Originally posted by RedNinja:
Losers always whine about their best, winners go home and f**k the prom queen!<HR></BLOCKQUOTE>

First off: She (Carla) WAS the Prom Queen...!

On the serious side:
Pete man, that is awesome what you wrote. It totally makes me even more proud of my country and what those men did those many years ago. I think that it is completely wrong the way people blatantly disregard the sacrifices made for us so we can have what we do now. We need to honor the memories of those who gave the ULTIMATE sacrifice not only for us, but for future generations to come. Now let's just get someone in the White House who will reflect the ideals set forth for us 225 years ago!

Threads like this make me all the more proud to not only be a part of such a great nation, but also to know people like you all, who know what is important in life and who can be serious amidst all the fun and humor. God bless on this July 4th...remember what it's all about as you enjoy what you've been given!

------------------
~Nick
2000 CBR600F4
Piped, Jetted, totally trick...
Keep the Rubber side down
my Bruthas AND Sistas!!!
CBR_Brutha is offline  
post #7 of 44 (permalink) Old 06-30-2000, 06:43 AM
 
Join Date: Jan 2000
Posts: 503
Post

great post.. thats all im gonna say cause i dont have the time to post my 500 page report on what i think is wrong w/america today. happy 4th. if u dont mind.. i copied your post & will be spreading it around on the other forums i visit.

------------------
SpeedPhreak is offline  
post #8 of 44 (permalink) Old 06-30-2000, 07:28 AM
Pete
Guest
 
Posts: n/a
Post

You guys don't think that I wrote that, do you? It's something that was sent to me a year or so ago. My apologies for misleading you if that's what I did. I won't take credit where it is not due, especially on the Internet where it is so easy to get busted!

Further note (I only found this out minutes ago): Some of the instances in this story have been debunked (i.e., proven to be not 100% true). Nonetheless, the message still stands.

------------------
Pete
"Life is not a journey to the grave with the intention of arriving safely in one pretty and well preserved piece, but to skid across the line broadside, thoroughly used up, worn out, leaking oil, shouting GERONIMO!"
post #9 of 44 (permalink) Old 06-30-2000, 07:39 AM
 
Join Date: Jun 2000
Posts: 5,474
Post

I thought something was fishy. There wasn't nearly enough dead lawyers in the story.

------------------
Ride Hard!

John
RCjohn is offline  
post #10 of 44 (permalink) Old 06-30-2000, 07:42 AM
Pete
Guest
 
Posts: n/a
Talking

ROFLMAO!!! Good one, John!

------------------
Pete
"Life is not a journey to the grave with the intention of arriving safely in one pretty and well preserved piece, but to skid across the line broadside, thoroughly used up, worn out, leaking oil, shouting GERONIMO!"
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
Reply

Quick Reply
Message:
Options

Register Now



In order to be able to post messages on the Sportbike Forum: Sportbike Motorcycle Forums forums, you must first register.
Please enter your desired user name, your email address and other required details in the form below.

User Name:
Password
Please enter a password for your user account. Note that passwords are case-sensitive.

Password:


Confirm Password:
Email Address
Please enter a valid email address for yourself.

Email Address:
OR

Log-in










Thread Tools
Show Printable Version Show Printable Version
Email this Page Email this Page
Display Modes
Linear Mode Linear Mode



Posting Rules  
You may post new threads
You may post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On

 
For the best viewing experience please update your browser to Google Chrome