Wednesday, July 4, 2007
The Star Spangled Banner
Check out this great video that has the Star Spangled Banner set to scenes from The Patriot. You can imagine the sacrifice of all those patriots who made our choice land a Nation.
Please read this Preamble to the Declaration of Independence and remember what your fore bearers did for you to secure this divine Land.
When in the Course of human events it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the political bands which have connected them with another and to assume among the powers of the earth, the separate and equal station to which the Laws of Nature and of Nature's God entitle them, a decent respect to the opinions of mankind requires that they should declare the causes which impel them to the separation.
We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.
— That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed,
— That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness.
Prudence, indeed, will dictate that Governments long established should not be changed for light and transient causes; and accordingly all experience hath shewn that mankind are more disposed to suffer, while evils are sufferable than to right themselves by abolishing the forms to which they are accustomed. But when a long train of abuses and usurpations, pursuing invariably the same Object evinces a design to reduce them under absolute Despotism, it is their right, it is their duty, to throw off such Government, and to provide new Guards for their future security.
I hope that as Americans, we understand fully that we need to follow what Jefferson says on our behalf here. We need to make sure that we guard against being passive or even lackadaisical in our approach towards our freedom and independence. If we do not each guard it, it will be taken away. Let us learn from our ancestors and American fore bearers and protect and fully enjoy the privilege of an American!
I am surely proud of Dennis Harty, as all the below listed direct ancestors who, from the minority of colonists, saw the injustices of the British Empire and fought to overthrow it...for me and my children today! Thank you...I cannot express my true feelings of gratitude towards them for what they did my family and all Americans!
Revolutionary War Veterans - ancestors of Brent Harty:
Dennis Harty b 1745 d ca 1790 served in Morris Co. NJ. Militia
Francis Cossairt, Peter's father and a Private Citizen (funding etc.)
Pvt. Francis Foard 5th ggf of Carol
Pvt.John Arrington 5th ggf of Carol
Pvt Walter Robert Fitts 5 ggf of Carol
Ps George Brownlee Sr 5 ggf of Carol
Colonel Robert Payne 5th ggf of Carol
Pvt Moses Sherrill 5th ggf of Carol
Pvt John Tuck 6th ggf of Carol
Pvt Francis Byrd 6th ggf of Carol
Colonel Robert Munford 7th ggf of Carol
PS William Wilkinson 6th ggf of Carol
Pvt Nicholas Wilkinson 7th ggf of Carol
Pvt John Vaughan 6th ggf of Carol
Captain Reuben Vaughan 7th ggf of Carol DAR chapter named after him
Pvt. Jacob Frick 6th ggf of Carol
Pvt. James Ritchie 6th ggf of Carol
Pvt William Stewart 6th ggf of Carol
Lt. John Hoyle 6th ggf of Carol