Our Nation’s Birthday

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On July 4th, we celebrate probably the most important
birthday to those of us who live in the US. July 4th, 1776
is the day we celebrate our Nations birthday.

For some this is just another day off, a day to watch
fireworks, party with family and friends, have a few beers
or take a little vacation. But there is so much more to
celebrating our Nations birthday.

July 4th is an important day in our history. It is the day
we should remember all of the rights and freedoms we have
as Americans and enjoy them. Many made the ultimate
sacrifice to ensure our freedom and freedom does not come
cheap.

On our Nations birthday, we should take time to remember
those who made those sacrifices. All of the 56 men who
signed the Declaration of Independence did not live to see
what their sacrifices provided us.

In fact, 5 signers were captured by the British and
tortured before they died. Twelve went home to find their
dwellings ransacked and burned and nine fought and died
from wounds or hardships of the war.

That is almost half the men who signed out nations greatest
symbol of freedom. But they signed it anyway, knowing that
in doing so, they were committing treason and could be
sentenced to death if they were caught.

Some of us take this holiday for granted. Our Nations
birthday, July 4th should be celebrated with family and
friends.

Enjoy the fireworks and Bar-B-Q’s, the picnics and the fun.
But take time to remember those who put themselves at risk
so we could live in a free country.