I realize this site has several visitors from outside the U.S. And I do appreciate your visits, your input, your e-mail and your perspectives. I ask you to please afford me – on this 4th of July – this rare, non-technical, and highly political/patriotic blog.
But being 2nd generation American, who’s grandfather came to this country from Greece at age 12 to flee from Turkish/Islamic persecution. Who once here was able to sponsor flight of his several brothers, to send money back to his mother whom he would not see for another 18 years, to establish a family that has produce many productive U.S. citizens that include nuclear engineers, rocket scientists and war heros. For all these and many other reasons, I owe a great debt of grattitude to the brave souls who gave their all when they signed the Declaration of Independence.
Jesus taught us in John 15:3 that “Greater love has no one than this, that he lay down his life for his friends.” A lesson well learned, well practiced and well documented in an article penned some time ago entitled: “The Price They Paid.”
The article describes hwo five signers were captured by the British as traitors. Twelve had their homes ransacked and burned. It brings to light the horror of having to lose their sons in the Continental Army – or about nine of the fifty-six signers fought and died from wounds or the hardships of the American Revolution.
The article poses the question, What kind of men were they? To which I’ll add – and what can we as a people learn from their heroic example?