Growing up, on days such as July 4th, TV stations would play non stop patriot themed shows, churches would hold services in order to remember what we have and to pray to God that we not only remember our freedoms but that they continue on for our children, and cities across the nation would hold parades, BBq’s, and of course the obligatory fireworks show. Today, we are lucky if our favorite station plays one patriotic show, churches doors remain locked, and we have to google map our way to a halfway decent July 4th show. It seems that the day is not as important to American citizens as it used to be.
But what makes it even worse is that along with the seemingly lower interest in celebrating our independence, we are faced with constant attacks by our elected leaders on the very freedoms we use to celebrate. We have people being elected to lead our country that are openly against our way of life. We have "Code Pink" and other similar type groups verbally and physically attacking the young men and women who lay their life on the line to protect our freedoms. Never did I think that openly communist and socialist people would be able to be elected and even celebrated by American citizens, yet that is what happens in our country today. It does not take a rocket scientist to see that we as a people are forgetting what it took to gain the freedoms we enjoy today, but also what it take to keep them. Well I have not forgotten and I know everyone on here has not forgotten!
Some interesting facts about our war for independence:
The American Revolutionary war occurred between 1775-1783
Only about 15-20% of colonist supported the British Cause and after the war around 70,000 loyalist were "helped" to move out of this country, most going to Canada.
40-45% of this country supported our move for independence. The rest remained neutral.
The British Army at that time only consisted of about 36,000 troops worldwide. But wartime recruitment and the hiring of mercenaries increased that number tremendously. But overall, the British only had about 60,000 troops on our soil during the war and around 30,000 of those were German troops known as Hessians.
Loyalist supplied the British war effort with around 50,000 troops throughout the war.
It is believed that throughout the war, around 250,000 Americans served their country, although many were not full time soldiers. There was never more than 90,000 American troops in the field at any given time.
The largest contingent of men General Washington ever commanded at one time was 17,000.
After an American victory at Saratoga in 1777, France, Spain, and the Netherlands entered the war on behalf of the Americans. It was France’s naval victory at the Chesapeake that led to the surrender of the British Army at Yorktown in 1781.
About 5000 black troops served the revolutionary cause and about 10,000 escaped to the British side although it is believed that only about 1000 of these actually fought against the Americans. The rest served the British army behind the lines.
Most Native Americans served with the British and it is believed the number who fought against the Americans was about 13,000.
About 25,000 Americans died during the war. Only about 8,000 of these deaths were from battlefield wounds. The other 17,000 died from disease including 8,000 who died while prisoners of war. Those who were disabled or seriously wounded by the war was between 8000 and 25,000 bringing the total war casualty number for the Americans as high as 50,000.
The American War took place during the North American smallpox epidemic. This epidemic claimed around 130,000 American lives. Many historians believe that Washington’s decision to inoculate his troops may have been his most important strategic decision.
In 1783, the Treaty of Paris was signed bringing an end to the war and gave American independence recognition.
Have you ever wondered what happened to the fifty-six men who signed the Declaration of Independence?
Five signers were captured by the British as traitors and tortured before they died. Twelve had their homes ransacked and burned. Two lost their sons in the Revolutionary War, another had two sons captured. Nine of the fifty-six fought and died from wounds or the hardships of the Revolutionary War.
What kind of men were they? Twenty-four were lawyers and jurists. Eleven were merchants, nine were farmers and large plantation owners, men of means, well educated. But they signed the Declaration of Independence knowing full well that the penalty would be death if they were captured.
To date, 2,757,196 Americans have died fighting for our freedom. This is a lot of blood that must be remembered.
We must never forget what it has taken for us to be free. We must never allow this tremendous sacrifice to be wasted. We can not allow those who despise our way of life to alter it. Way to much has been sacrificed to gain our freedom and it must be cherished.