Lives and Honor

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 Declaration of Independence, July 4, 1776

236 years ago, 56 very brave men put their lives and fortunes on the line and made a nation.   In the years since, more men and women have done the same so that we and others around the world can live as free citizens with a voice in our governments.  While we here in the US enjoy a day off, fireworks, parades, cook-outs, picnics and the like, remember that freedom isn’t free, and the men and women who fight for it never do so alone.  Each of them has had family and friends at home worrying and praying for their safe return… and sadly, some gave – and continue to give – the ultimate sacrifice.

Please ponder for a moment…

Each signer understood that he was forfeiting his own life and property, and likely that of his family as well, because they were committing treason against the King.  These men believed so deeply in the principles expressed in this document that they were willing to die for them.

We are blessed that there are still men and women willing to die to preserve the way of life we all hold dear.

These are the things we should be celebrating today.  Our military heroes of today and yesterday deserve our respect, gratitude and admiration each and every day of the year.  Thank you seems a little hollow, but I assure you, that and a smile, maybe a handshake, is indeed appreciated heartily.

Happy Independence Day, America!


This entry was posted in History.

9 comments on “Lives and Honor

  1. gmariesews says:

    So very true.

    One of the strangest Fourth’s I’ve ever spent was when we were in England. Ummm, yea – think about that. Really brings it all home. g

  2. Katherine says:

    Great post Chan!! I wish we all had it in us to take time to stop EVERY DAY, and meditate on those who have made the ultimate sacrifice. A moment to say thank you seems too little for such a great gift! Thanks for the reminder.

  3. AlisonH says:

    YES!!! Thank you, Chan!!

  4. Mary says:

    Great post, Chan. We await the return of our DS from Afghanistan within the next two weeks so we truly appreciate the sentiment that freedom isn’t free. Spent some time this morning looking at photos and reading the stories about those in our region who gave the ultimate sacrifice. Helps one keep perspective.

  5. sue says:

    When I started researching my family I was in awe of what my ancestors did. The Adams boys pushing for independence and one of my great grandfathers Hezekiah Wilcox, leaving his farm and family to fight for freedom.

    Today most people don’want to get involvrd enough to cast a vote. They risked everything.

  6. StarSpry says:

    Great post, Chan! I hope you enjoyed your day 🙂

  7. gypsyknits says:

    Amen! Well stated my friend. Hope you enjoyed celebrating the birth of this Nation 😀

  8. Very well put. Happy 4th of July!

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