Fifty-Six Men With Courage

declaration of independence

Most of us, in high school Civics class, were required to memorize the Preamble to the Declaration of Independence. We usually got as far as, “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.”

But how many of us have really read the entire document? It’s really worth taking a few minutes to look it over, and to think about the sacrifices these fifty-six signers endured. The last part of the Declaration reads, “ And for the support of this Declaration, with a firm reliance on the protection of divine Providence, we mutually pledge to each other out Lives, our Fortunes, and our sacred Honor.”

The fifty-six patriots who affixed their signatures realized that they were signing their death warrants.J. Cole: 4 Your Eyez Only streaming

During this holiday, enjoy yourself. Go to fireworks displays, have a great cookout, snap up some Fourth of July deals at the stores.

But please, take a minute to think about the fifty-six men who knew that from July 4, 1776 onward, their lives would never again be the same.

Happy Independence Day!