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And, as famous and revered as those 56 signers are today, they weren’t doing their duty out of a desire for wealth, power, or political position. In fact, many of the most hallowed names in American history died nearly penniless. George Washington waived his salary during his presidency, and though Congress paid him back when he left office, the money had plummeted in value due to rampant inflation. Alexander Hamilton worked some incredible financial wizardry as Treasury Secretary after the Revolutionary War, but when he was killed in his infamous Eager to build a new world from the ground up, where all men were entitled to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness, they threw themselves into the cause ... ” The Real Fourth of July
W ith the Fourth of July right around the corner, everybody is stocking up on whatever will make the most awe-inspiring aerial explosions for the holiday. Of course, the Fourth is the perfect opportunity to get out the grill, get together with family, and enjoy one another’s company, but I think it’s all too easy to forget the real reason for the holiday. After all, when our Founding Fathers first penned their signatures on the Declaration of Independence, they were putting their lives on the line. With no guarantee that the Revolutionary War would or could even be won, they may as well have been signing their death warrants, guilty of treason against England. Whenever I consider this fact, I’m astounded by the courage, faith, and vision of those great men, willing to make the ultimate sacrifice in order to create a democratic republic, the first of its kind. One thing that most people don’t realize is that the Declaration of Independence wasn’t actually signed on the Fourth of July. The founding fathers voted for independence on July 2, and the document was only fully drafted and accepted by the Continental Congress on the Fourth. It wasn’t until August 2 that the vast majority of the signatures made their way onto the parchment. Even then, a few stragglers didn’t sign it until later on.
and women in the armed forces that have fought for us and continue to fight for us day in and day out — we simply could not have the prosperous nation of freedom, equality and liberty that we have today. Without a doubt, these are the incredible heroes that will be on my mind this Fourth of July, as fireworks pepper the sky all over Little Rock.
duel with Aaron Burr, his wife had to take up collections at the funeral to pay for his burial. Truly, the Founding Fathers made the ultimate sacrifice when they signed the Declaration. Eager to build a new world from the ground up, where all men were entitled to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness, they threw themselves into the cause, risking life, limb, property, and everything else in pursuit of their ideals. Without that unfathomable sacrifice — and the endless list of sacrifices made by the men
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