I know most of us have used or have heard the expression..."Freedom is not free" and this bit of history shows just how costly it can be!
We tend to forget that many, many folks over the years gave all for our freedom! Let's continue to hope that the sacrifices made by so many were not in vain!
Dec 30, 1803:
Francis Lewis dies
On this day in 1803, Francis Lewis, signer of the Declaration of Independence, dies in New York City, at the age of 90.
Lewis was born in Llandaff, Wales, and educated at the prestigious Westminster School in London before immigrating to the North American colonies at 22 years old. Lewis founded businesses in New York and Philadelphia, winning lucrative contracts to provision the British army in America.
During the Seven Years' War, Lewis served General Hugh Mercer as an aide. Traveling with Mercer, Lewis was captured in Oswego and taken as a prisoner of war to France. For his service, the New York government granted him 5,000 acres upon his return to the colony.
In 1765, Lewis served as a delegate to the Stamp Act Congress and retired from his mercantile career to settle in Whitestone, Long Island, becoming active in revolutionary politics, including the Sons of Liberty. In 1775 alone, he participated in the provincial convention, the Continental Congress and the Committee of One Hundred. In 1776, he continued to serve the first two bodies and signed the Declaration of Independence. He continued as a member of the Continental Congress until 1779, when he assumed the position of commissioner of the Board of Admiralty.
Lewis' patriotism came at a high cost. The British army destroyed his Long Island estate and took his wife prisoner in 1776. She remained a prisoner, reportedly without a bed or change of clothes, for many months because the Continental Army had no women of similar status in captivity for whom George Washington could orchestrate an exchange. Neither Mrs. Lewis' health nor the couple's fortune ever recovered from the attack.
I can't help but wonder just how many of us would be willing to pay the price paid by this family. The same type of price is being paid even today by many of our fighting men and women coming back from foreign soil! All paid some...some paid all!
God bless our troops, past and present! Let's remember them even more as we go into a new year!
Coffee on the patio once again! Want some pumpkin pie with that? I've got Cool Whip for the top!