The Story of 56 men that made 4th of July possible
Lest we forgetů Independence Day. Ah yes, a day of picnics, hotdogs, beer and baseball games. But for the 56 men who signed the Declaration of Independence it was no picnic. And I suggest that we stop chewing on our hotdog, set the beer aside, and pause the baseball game for just a moment, to remember who they were and what happened to them. These were not wild-eyed, rabble-rousing ruffians rebelling against their own government--Britain. They were soft-spoken men of means and education. They had security, but valued liberty more. When they signed the Declaration, they knew full well that the penalty would be death if they were captured. But they stood tall, straight, and unwavering as they pledged "...to each other, our lives, our fortunes, and our sacred honor." Many of them lost the first two, but never gave up the third--"their sacred honor." Nor should we as we recall who they were and the price they paid for our freedom and once again remind ourselves that freedom is not free.
Five of them were captured by the British, considered traitors to their government, and tortured before they died.
Nine of the 56 fought and died of wounds or hardships of the Revolutionary War.
Two lost their sons fighting in the Revolutionary Army.
Another had two sons captured.
Twelve had their homes ransacked and burned. John Hart was driven from his wife's bedside as she was dying. Their 13 children fled for their lives. His fields and gristmill were laid waste. For more than a year he lived in forests and caves, returning home to find his wife dead and his children vanished. A few weeks later he died of a broken heart. At the Battle of Yorktown, Thomas Nelson Jr. noted that his home had been taken over by the the British General Cornwallis as his headquarters. He quietly urged General George Washington to open fire on it. His home was destroyed and he died bankrupt. Thomas McKeam was so hounded by the British that he was forced to move his family constantly. He served in the Congress without pay, and his family kept in hiding. His possessions were taken from him, and poverty was his reward. Carter Braxton of Virginia, a wealthy planter sold home and properties to pay his debts, and died in rags. The properties of Dillery, Hall, Clymer, Walton, Gwinnet, Heyward, Ruttledge, and Middleton were looted of everything of value. Francis Lewis had his home and properties destroyed. The British jailed his wife, and she died within a few months. Norris and Livingston suffered similar fates. So now you can go back to chewing on your hotdogs, slurping your beer, playing baseball and enjoying the freedom of living in a country where you are free to gripe about your government--a freedom that a lot of us are excersizing these days. And that's OK, just so long as you don't forget that freedom is not free, and never well be.
Draik is an amazing kid that has the hearts of our members here at ETB. Chasing his dream of racing this year he has stepped up to the Ninja250 and is starting out this season pulling off some amazing podium Finishes. Given we are no business with cash flow and just a member supported group. We do what we can to help Draik further his dreams. Keep up with his race season on our track addicts board. His Father Kurt (R6boater) keeps us up to date with his current races and achievements. And also some really sweet Go-Pro footage. Also make plans to attend our swap meet/fundraiser Sunday May 5th. Any help with this event would be greatly appreciated. Check out the thread in upcoming events.
Here is one of his latest videos....
July 29, 2014, 09:58:27 PM by Dave35p | Views: 31 | Comments: 1
Me and and a couple friends hit 421 last weekend. Stopped at the store for lunch and then over through Mountain City and back down 67. Just a nice lazy day run. Video below is me chasing my friend on his FZ09. I need to find a good anti-vibration mount for the camera though.
Bad ending when Jerry on his Yamaha Majesty 400cc Scooter ran off a curve on Hwy 32 just this side of TN/NC line between mile marker 2 and 3. We had rode the dirt road up to TN/NC line where pavement starts and were on our way to Hwy 321.
Took about 1 HR 45 MIN for us to find him, make a call to 911, and for Rescue to get there.
We went back searching when we realized he was not behind us (some time involved there - Randy missed Jerry behind him, then I missed Randy behind me). On the way back we met a met a couple in a car and flagged them down, they said they had not see anyone.
I figured then he ran off the road and it was not just a breakdown. We continued searching as we went back to TN/NC line, but saw no evidence of a run off. (turn out he ran off before we met the Couple from FL, so we had all ready passed his location).
I called his cell when we reached the dirt (TN/NC Line). Had no idea would have service up there, called in desperation. Hard to believe he answered and said, "I ran off a curve and down a hill, can't get back up the hill because my leg is broke. Heard you all go by earlier."
I called 911 and told them what was going on while Randy went searching for Jerry.
It took a bit of time to get 911 squared away as to where we were and where they needed to send rescue. Finally, got it set up (We are sending rescue from Cosby, Hwy 321 and 32, south on 32, until they see us). We were hoping we could find Jerry and be waiting for them.
In the meantime the FL Couple we met in car found Jerry's location. After seeing us earlier, they drove slow and had just rolled their car windows down before the curve and heard him yelling for help. (AMAZING). They had also called 911 - but did not know much about location as they were from FL just touring around.
Very Nice couple with two children. The older child, about 15, went down the hill to sit with Jerry before we got there. The boy relayed there was no obvious Blood Loss, Leg appeared broke, and Ribs hurt. We told Jerry to sit still because if ribs were broke, he might puncture a lung or something. Jerry was conscious thru the whole thing, He even asked me to call AAA - I said take care of you first and worry about that later.
He went off the curve about 15 foot this side of Randy's bike. You can see a sharp right hand curve down behind the Fire Truck and White Van tha the came around, then he was coming up the hill and ran off the sharp left hand curve. (ran out on the edge of the curve).
Lucky he did not hit a tree head on or as he went down the slope. He barely missed on at edge of the road and barely missed the on in the picture down the hill (on the right of the picture).
In the picture -- I think you are only seeing the rescue folks (I know the guy in tan jacket is rescue, there is a face to left, I think another rescue guy - might be Jerry).
They eventually put a sled down there and got Jerry secured to it and pulled him up with a truck winch. He was airlifted from TN Visitor Center on I-40 to UT. Do not know final status (update --- has pin in leg bone, don't know naything else). Maybe, that is a good sign if it is the only serious injury.
I telephoto'ed on the picture, so it does not show how far down the slope he was or how steep it was.
Scooter about 25 foot down a 60 degree slope. Rescue folks down there with a rope.