Friday, July 3, 2009

Fourth of July - An Independence Day Giggle

Here's to the birth of my country - the good ole USA. Take a look at this clip it's sure to make you laugh....contrarily from my English husband - who chooses to here live in the US. Here's to freedom, the blend of many cultures, fireworks, barbecues, and celebration!

Just in case the information bug hits you, click on the title of this blog to link to all you ever want to know and more about this fun American holiday. Courtesy of Wikipedia!

And on a more solemn note a bit more patriotic trivia regarding the fate of some of our founding fathers whom signed our declaration of independence - courtesy of my friend Sherry:
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.


logankstewart said...

Happy Independence Day!

Donna said...

Awesome! Thanks for sharing. Your post is fun and gives serious thought to what today is about.

Again Thanks!

Unknown said...

Thanks for coming by Donna and Logan. I had fun with this one. I kept humming the song and replaying the clip. I love the muppets!

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