Tomorrow marks the 233rd anniversary of the signing of the Declaration of Independence. The 56 signers became the front line defenders of the right of life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. Not only did these men stake their honor and livelihoods for American freedom, many of these men sacrificed so much more.
Of this group of men, five were captured by the British as traitors, and tortured before they
died. Twelve had their homes burned to the ground. Two lost sons
serving in the Revolutionary Army, and two more had sons captured. Nine fought and died in the Revolutionary War. These amazing, self-giving sacrifices are why we have our freedoms today.
For many people, this day is a time for gathering with family and friends for a cookout and sparklers. But for members of our armed forces on active duty, this celebration cannot take place. These men and women are the heroes who protect the basic rights the Founding Fathers fought for 233 years ago. So, while tomorrow is a day to gather with family and friends, it is also a time to remember just how much it takes to keep our freedom secure.
I hope sometime tomorrow you are able to take the time to reflect on the sacrifices the 56 signers made and the men and women serving make today.