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I wish you all a HAPPY FOURTH.
I’d like to tell you now
Get a pencil; write this down
I’m gonna tell you how.

Pass it on to all your friends
Just tell them what you heard.
The way to have a happy FOURTH
Is buy a FIFTH on the THIRD!

Q: What’s red, white, blue and yellow?
A: The Star-Spangled Banana!

Oh, say can you see,
by the dawn’s early light,
What so proudly we hailed
at the twilight’s last gleaming?

Whose broad stripes
and bright stars,
through the perilous fight,
O’er the ramparts we watched,
were so gallantly streaming?

And the rockets’ red glare,
the bombs bursting in air,
Gave proof through the night
that our flag was still there.

O say, does that
star-spangled banner yet wave
O’er the land of the free
and the home of the brave?

On the shore, dimly seen
through the mists of the deep,
Where the foe’s haughty host
in dread silence reposes,

What is that which the breeze,
o’er the towering steep,
As it fitfully blows,
half conceals, half discloses?

Now it catches the gleam
of the morning’s first beam,
In full glory reflected
now shines on the stream:

‘Tis the star-spangled banner!
O long may it wave
O’er the land of the free
and the home of the brave.

And where is that band who
so vauntingly swore
That the havoc of war
and the battle’s confusion

A home and a country
should leave us no more?
Their blood has wiped out
their foul footstep’s pollution.

No refuge could save
the hireling and slave
From the terror of flight,
or the gloom of the grave:

And the star-spangled banner
in triumph doth wave
O’er the land of the free
and the home of the brave.

Oh! thus be it ever,
when freemen shall stand
Between their loved homes
and the war’s desolation!

Blest with victory and peace,
may the heaven-rescued land
Praise the Power that hath made
and preserved us a nation.

Then conquer we must,
when our cause it is just,
And this be our motto:
“In God is our trust.”

And the star-spangled banner
in triumph shall wave
O’er the land of the free
and the home of the brave!

Have you ever wondered what happened to the 56 men who signed the Declaration of Independence?

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.

Some of us take these liberties so much for granted, but we shouldn’t. So, take a few minutes while enjoying your 4th of July holiday and silently thank these patriots. It’s not much to ask for the price they paid.

Remember: freedom is never free!

I hope you will show your support by sending this to as many people as you can, please. It’s time we get the word out that patriotism is NOT a sin, and the Fourth of July has more to it than beer, picnics, baseball games, and 4 wheeling…

Q: What’s red, white, blue and yellow?

A: The Star-Spangled Banana!

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