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As some of you may have noticed, there was no Product Placement this past Wednesday. I am happy to say I spent the 4th of July with my family barbecuing and watching fireworks from across the Hudson River. I debated posting about a product or even uploading more information on my Avengers’ Food and the Captain America Cookie, but I decided to stay away from the computer entirely and spend time with my family.

This has nothing to do with food, but a lot to do with being American and being thankful. My grandfather sent me an email I think I should share with you about what the 4th of July means. Enjoy.

Humbling Independence Day History Lesson:
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> Have you ever wondered what happened to the 56 men
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> who signed the Declaration of Independence ?
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> Five signers were captured by the British as traitors,
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> and tortured before they died.
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> Twelve had their homes ransacked and burned.
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> Two lost their sons serving in the Revolutionary Army;
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> another had two sons captured.
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> Nine of the 56 fought and died from wounds or
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> hardships of the Revolutionary War.
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> They signed and they pledged their lives, their fortunes,
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> and their sacred honor.
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> What kind of men were they?
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> Twenty-four were lawyers and jurists.
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> Eleven were merchants,
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> nine were farmers and large plantation owners;
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> men of means, well educated,
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> but they signed the Declaration of Independence
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> knowing full well that the penalty would be death if
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> they were captured.
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> Carter Braxton of Virginia, a wealthy planter and
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> trader, saw his ships swept from the seas by the
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> British Navy. He sold his home and properties to
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> pay his debts, and died in rags.
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> Thomas McKeam was so hounded by the British
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> that he was forced to move his family almost constantly.
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> He served in the Congress without pay, and his family
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> was kept in hiding. His possessions were taken from him,
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> and poverty was his reward.
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> Vandals or soldiers looted the properties of Dillery, Hall, Clymer,
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> Walton, Gwinnett, Heyward, Ruttledge, and Middleton.
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> At the battle of Yorktown , Thomas Nelson, Jr., noted that
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> the British General Cornwallis had taken over the Nelson
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> home for his headquarters. He quietly urged General
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> George Washington to open fire. The home was destroyed,
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> and Nelson died bankrupt.
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> Francis Lewis had his home and properties destroyed.
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> The enemy jailed his wife, and she died within a few months.
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> John Hart was driven from his wife’s bedside as she was dying.
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> Their 13 children fled for their lives. His fields and his gristmill
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> were laid to waste. For more than a year he lived in forests
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> and caves, returning home to find his wife dead and his
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> children vanished.
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> So, take a few minutes while enjoying your 4th of July holiday and
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> silently thank these patriots. It’s not much to ask for the price they paid.
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> Remember: freedom is never free!
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> I hope you will show your support by sending this to as many
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> people as you can, please. It’s time we get the word out that patriotism
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> is NOT a sin, and the Fourth of July has more to it than beer,
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> picnics, and baseball games.
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