Happy Independence Day – It is now up to us

First let me wish everyone out there the very best for a wonderful day with family and friends

At this time of anxious concern for our Nation, as concerned as we are, consider the anxiety of these 56 men and what they were willing to do for us.

Together “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.”

They were mostly men of means who had much to lose if the war was lost. One-third served as militia officers during the war. Four of the signers were taken captive during the war and nearly all of them were poorer at the end of the war than at the beginning. 

The ages of the signers ranged from 26 (Edward Rutledge) to 70 (Benjamin Franklin), but the majority of the signers were in their thirties or forties. More than half of the signers were lawyers and the others were planters, merchants and shippers.

Many of them probably expected to die.

They signed anyway.

Consider the day these men signed this document and then went home to eat their Dinner with their wives and children. As we enjoy our day, consider the table talk these families had at the time. The worry and strain. It pales in comparison. I offer as well, a clip from the 2003 Television docudrama: George Orwell – A Life in Pictures.

A reminder from George Orwell. George Orwell warns us, “It depends on you.”  Can we do less?

George Orwell – A Final Warning

10 Responses to “Happy Independence Day – It is now up to us”

  1. Steve Dennis Says:

    Hope you have a wonderful Independence Day! George Orwell hit the nail on the head with that warning but sadly his prediction is coming true.

    Liked by 1 person

  2. geeez2014 Says:

    I’m sorry! I wish we could go back to the days of printing a URL without the whole darned VIDEO appearing…anybody know HOW? So sorry, Bunkerville…


  3. geeez2014 Says:

    the fate of our fathers……since you mentioned it!
    HAPPY DAY to Bunkerville and all her readers!


  4. Always On Watch Says:

    Yes, it is up to us now to recapture our independence.

    Liked by 1 person

  5. Just Simply Linda Says:

    I don’t know if you watch Legends and Lies/Bill O’Reilly’s on FOX —this time around its about the Revolutionary War and last night episode was about George Washington, indeed, they lived in fear, these brave men risked everything to free the country from the hands of Great Britain.

    Have a happy and safe July 4th.

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