Happy Birthday America


July 3, 2003, 12:38 PM
Have a happy and safe 4th everyone..

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July 3, 2003, 06:28 PM
Thanks, same to you.

July 3, 2003, 06:45 PM
Happy and safe 4th to all.

A prayer to all those away from home and freedom.

Thanks to all our veterans for keeping the 4th alive and well!

July 3, 2003, 06:53 PM
Tomorrow along with independence day, it is also my 22nd wedding anniversary. (wedding on independence day...is that an oxymoron?).
I'll get up at 5:00am and go to work. Somebody's got to keep the lights on!

Don't know if this has been posted yet, virtual fireworks. Fun for a few minutes.


July 3, 2003, 08:05 PM
Back at ya' buddy!:D

July 4, 2003, 12:31 AM

Ala Dan
July 4, 2003, 01:07 AM
America The Beautiful; either LOVE HER or LEAVE HER!

Best Wishes,
Ala Dan, N.R.A. Life Member

July 4, 2003, 01:22 AM

A cold Shiner to all...


July 4, 2003, 01:24 AM
Happy birthday, Land of the Brave!

*wishes he could do twenty g... bullet salute*

ed dixon
July 4, 2003, 01:31 AM
No Philadelphia jokes today! I'll meet you at the Liberty Bell for a gentleman's dram.

July 4, 2003, 04:47 AM
:D Happy Birthday to our great country, and a happy and safe 7-4-2003 to all of you!:D

Politically Incorrect
July 4, 2003, 11:57 AM

Only 73 more years until the Tricentennial! :D

July 4, 2003, 12:50 PM
(wedding on independence day...is that an oxymoron?).

What good's your freedom if you have no one to share it with? :)

:( ... *sniff*... so lonely


July 4, 2003, 01:23 PM
Happy 4th of July guys!! stay safe and make sure the kids(or you) dont blow your fingers off!!:D


July 4, 2003, 02:20 PM
Lest we forget...

Have you ever wondered what happened to the 56 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 serving in the Revolutionary Army; another had two sons captured.
Nine of the 56 fought and died from wounds or hardships of the Revolutionary War. They signed and they pledged their lives, their fortunes, and their sacred honor. 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.
Carter Braxton of Virginia, a wealthy planter and trader, saw his Ships swept from the seas by the British Navy. He sold his home and properties to pay his debts, and died in rags.
Thomas McKeam was so hounded by the British that he was forced to move his family almost constantly. He served in the Congress without pay, and his family was kept in hiding. His possessions were taken from him, and poverty was his reward.
Vandals or soldiers looted the properties of Dillery, Hall, Clymer, Walton, Gwinnett, Heyward, Ruttledge, and Middleton.
At the battle of Yorktown, Thomas Nelson, Jr., noted that the British General Cornwallis had taken over the Nelson home for his headquarters. He quietly urged General George Washington to open fire. The home was destroyed, and Nelson died bankrupt.
Francis Lewis had his home and properties destroyed. The enemy jailed his wife, and she died within a few months.
John Hart was driven from his wife's bedside as she was dying. Their 13 children fled for their lives. His fields and his gristmill were laid to waste. For more than a year he lived in forests and caves, returning home to find his wife dead and his children vanished.
Some of us take these liberties so much for granted, but we shouldn't. So, take a few minutes while enjoying your 4th of July holiday and silently thank these patriots. It's not much to ask for the price they paid.
Remember: freedom is never free!

July 4, 2003, 02:34 PM
While pondering what happened to the signers, take some time to read what they wrote. You can find it here (http://www.thehighroad.org/showthread.php?s=&threadid=29722) .

July 4, 2003, 03:08 PM
A very pertinent thread and one to give a timely pause for thought. Thoughts of course too to all our vets and also the guys still stuck out in Middle East .... and other places that cannot be called home.

Have a safe weekend guys ...... and keep all your fingers!!:p :)

July 4, 2003, 03:28 PM
Happy Independence Day everyone! Be safe!

4v50 Gary
July 4, 2003, 03:47 PM
Happy B-DAY U.S.A. and have a safe 4th to all.


July 4, 2003, 11:53 PM
Well, my thumbs are raw from working a lighter so many times. I smell of sulfer. My hands are blackened from the charred remains of countless fireworks.

It was a good night. :D Happy birthday, America!

July 5, 2003, 12:21 AM
I rewatched "The Patriot" and it really hits home after reading this forum and realizing the peril our country is facing.

Happy 4th everyone!

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