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Tuesday, July 4, 2017

Flags and Fireworks

We proudly fly the flag in our yard on special days, and July 4th is one of them

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We watch the nation celebrate with fireworks.

As we admire the magnificent displays tonight, let's remember a phrase from our National Anthem, "The Star Spangled Banner."

And the rockets red glare
The bombs bursting in air
Gave proof through the night
That our Flag was still there.

We would have no fireworks, no independence, no freedom if those bombs hadn't burst in mid air. Our forefathers signed the Declaration of Independence, and the declaration led to a war against the strongest nation at the time, Great Britain. We were a fledgling but determined group. Men pledged their fortunes, futures, and sacred honor for the birth of our nation.

Old, Transcript, Constitution, Vintage
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What happened to the 56 men who signed this document?

The British captured five and tortured them to death. For another twelve, the British burned their homes. Two men lost sons, and another man's two sons became prisoners of war. Nine of the signers fought and died in the war.

What sort of occupations did they have? Almost half were lawyers. Eleven were business owners, nine were plantation owners. They were educated men who knew the consequences. The death penalty awaited them if they were captured.

Brave men. Willing to sacrifice all. 

So tonight, when you see the bursts of color. Remember these men. Thank God for them. And ask God to bless the United States of America.

Sparkler, Usa, American, Flag, United
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Happy Birthday America!