Founding Fathers – Where Did They Go?

Are you saying Thank You to the man in fatigues when you see him(her) on the street or at the store?  There were 56 Signers of the Declaration of Independence.  Every one of those man risked their life, their fortunes and their personal honor, for our Freedoms.  This is a part of Our History that we Must Never Forget. 

As Americans we take a lot for granted.  Our Liberty and our play and our sport and our church and our job have come as a result to men and women who Paid a Price for these Life Choices we now have.

Jack Riley       
July 2, 2010
Subject: Founding Fathers – Where Did They Go?

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. 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!

I hope you will show your support by sending this to as many people as you can, please. 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.

Just a reminder of the July 4th meals we were eating in Vietnam. (see link)

During the July 4th celebrations of 1966 & 1967, India Company and 3/9 were engaged in battles so there were lots of fireworks. I know of two of our brothers killed in action on July 4, 1967. Our India CO Capt Bob Swigart and 3/9 Corpsman Francis E. Fee both killed during Operation Buffalo.

 As we celebrate our nation's birth, please join me and say a prayer of thanks for living in the greatest nation on earth and for the welfare of all our military forces all over the world. Also remember the families of our brothers and sisters who have paid the ultimate price for our freedom.
 God Bless you all!
 Semper Fidelis,
 Jack Riley
  I /3/9

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