-- July 4, 2004
 

What's Your VISION?

What did the following men have in common?

Josiah Bartlett (Physician)
George Clymer (Merchant)
William Floyd (Land Speculator)
Francis Hopkinson (Lawyer / Musician)
John Morton (Farmer)
Robert Treat Paine (Lawyer / Scientist)

They belonged to a group of 56 men including clergymen, soldiers, business owners, judges, immigrants. The youngest in the group was 27 - the oldest 70.

These men had a vision. They gathered together on July 4th 1776 to sign the Declaration of Independence pledging to each other "our Lives, our Fortunes and our sacred Honor". There were no fireworks or celebration. There was work to be done. And, they delivered on their promise, serving in the American Revolution, sacrificing homes, property, fortunes ... even their lives.

You won't hear much about them today. But we all owe these 56 men a debt of gratitude.

What's your vision? Are you taking action? Are you willing and able to do whatever it takes to make your vision reality?

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DID YOU KNOW?

For more information about our founding fathers, you might want to check out http://radicalacademy.com/studentrefpolitics22signers.htm

If you haven't read the Declaration of Independence in awhile, it's at:
http://www.law.indiana.edu/uslawdocs/declaration.html

The Constitution of the United States was not adopted until September 17, 1787 -- Ratification was completed on June 21, 1788. You can find the text here:
http://www.usconstitution.net/const.html

 

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