“Our lives, our fortunes, our sacred honor…”

“…with a firm reliance on the protection of Divine Providence, we mutually pledge to each other our lives, our fortunes and our sacred honor. ”  The Declaration of Independence

How many of us would be willing to give our life for our country?  And not, necessarily as a soldier.  How many would willingly offer our land, our homes, our fortunes rather than yield to tyranny?  Would we preserve our honor rather than save our lives, our families, our estates?  The signers of the Declaration were such men.

One example is Thomas Nelson, signer from Virginia.  He raised over $2 million by pledging his land for the cause of the war.  Later, the Congress would not honor the notes, and Nelson lost everything.  He died in poverty, but with honor.

Who among us is willing to risk everything for what he believes in?  If we do not have such patriots as citizens and as leaders, we will lose everything for what someone else believes in.

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