Have you ever wondered what happened to the 56 men who signed the Declaration of Independence? Five signers were captured by the British\u2026 declared as traitors, and\u2026 tortured before they died. Twelve had their homes burned\u2026 Two lost sons serving in the Revolutionary Army\u2026 Two had sons captured. Nine of the 56 fought and died from wounds\u2026 They signed\u2026 they pledged their lives\u2026 their fortunes, and\u2026 their sacred honor. What kind of men were they? Twenty-four were lawyers and jurists\u2026 Eleven were merchants\u2026 Nine were farmers\u2026 They were men of means\u2026 Well educated\u2026 But they signed the Declaration of Independence. They knew full well\u2026 if captured\u2026 the penalty would be death. Carter Braxton saw the British Navy sweep his ships from the seas\u2026 He sold his home and properties to pay his debts\u2026 He died in rags. Thomas McKeam served in the Continental Congress without pay The British so hounded him he had to keep his family in hiding. His possessions were taken from him, and poverty was his reward. Francis Lewis had his home and properties destroyed\u2026 The British jailed his wife, and\u2026 she died within a few months. John Hart was driven from his wife's bedside as she was dying\u2026 Their 13 children fled for their lives. His fields and his gristmill were laid to waste. For more than a year Hart lived in forests and caves\u2026 Returning home to find his wife dead and children vanished\u2026 He died from exhaustion and a broken heart. Norris and Livingston suffered similar fates. Vandals or soldiers looted the properties of Dillery\u2026 Hall\u2026 Clymer\u2026 Walton\u2026 Gwinnett\u2026 Heyward\u2026 Ruttledge, and\u2026 Middleton. British General Cornwallis had taken Thomas Nelson Jr\u2019s home for his headquarters at the battle of Yorktown. Nelson urged General George Washington to open fire\u2026 Nelson\u2018s home was destroyed, and\u2026 Nelson died bankrupt. Such were the stories and sacrifices of the American Revolution. These were not wild-eyed, rabble-rousing ruffians\u2026 They were soft-spoken men of means and education\u2026 They had security, but they valued liberty more\u2026 Standing tall, straight, and unwavering, they pledged: For the support of this declaration\u2026 with firm reliance on the protection of the divine providence\u2026 we mutually pledge to each other\u2026 our lives\u2026 our fortunes, and\u2026 our sacred honor." They gave us a free and independent America. History books never told a lot about what happened in the Revolutionary War. We didn't fight just the British\u2026 We were British subjects at that time, and\u2026 We fought our own government! Today, some take these liberties for granted\u2026 But we shouldn't. Take a few minutes while enjoying your 4th of July holiday\u2026 Thank these patriots... It's the least you can do\u2026 for the price they paid. Freedom is never free! Patriotism is NOT a sin, and\u2026 the Fourth of July has more to it than beer, picnics, and baseball games. God Bless America.