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Happy 4th of July!

04 Jul
Happy 4th of July!

 

“We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that
they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights, that among
these are life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.”

 

“… Give me liberty, or give me death.”

Picture courtesy of Barber Daily 

Patrick Henry was a strong believer in the right to bear arms, and urged his fellow Virginians’ to arm themselves in self-defense.  At a meeting held at the St. John’s Church in Richmond, he stated the immortal words:

“I know not what course others may take; but as for me, give me liberty or give me death.”

Henry’s call to arms caused the order of Lord Dunmore to remove gunpowder from the magazine.  This resulted in Henry mobilizing the militia to force restitution of the powder.  These actions were said to start the beginning of the American Revolution in Virginia.

You can find Patrick Henry’s full speech here.
You can find Patrick Henry’s story here.
For the full text version of the Declaration of Independence you can visit the National Archives.

Featured picture on front page courtesy of Paladin’s Page

July 4, 1776 ~ The Declaration of Independence

Picture courtesy of National Archives

Independence day.
It isnt’ about the fireworks….

It’s about freedom!

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