Wednesday’s Hero – The First Wednesday’s Heroes


We must, indeed, all hang together, or most assuredly we shall all hang separately.
-In the Continental Congress just before signing
the Declaration of Independence, 1776.

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.”

• George Read    • Caesar Rodney
• Thomas McKean

• George Clymer    • Benjamin Franklin
• Robert Morris    • John Morton
• Benjamin Rush    • George Ross
• James Smith    • James Wilson
• George Taylor


• John Adams    • Samuel Adams
• John Hancock    • Robert Treat Paine
• Elbridge Gerry

New Hampshire 
• Josiah Bartlett    • William Whipple
• Matthew Thornton

Rhode Island 
• Stephen Hopkins    • William Ellery

New York 
• Lewis Morris    • Philip Livingston
• Francis Lewis    • William Floyd


• Button Gwinnett    • Lyman Hall
• George Walton

• Richard Henry Lee    • Francis Lightfoot Lee
• Carter Braxton    • Benjamin Harrison
• Thomas Jefferson    • George Wythe
• Thomas Nelson, Jr.

North Carolina 
• William Hooper    • John Penn
• Joseph Hewes

South Carolina 
• Edward Rutledge    • Arthur Middleton
• Thomas Lynch, Jr.    • Thomas Heyward, Jr.

New Jersey 
• Abraham Clark    • John Hart
• Francis Hopkinson    • Richard Stockton
• John Witherspoon

• Samuel Huntington    • Roger Sherman
• William Williams    • Oliver Wolcott

• Charles Carroll    • Samuel Chase
• Thomas Stone    • William Paca

On this day in 1776, a group of rebels committed an act of treason when they adopted one of the most important documents in the history of Man. No longer would we be subjects of the crown. From that day forward, we were a free nation. Free to make our own laws and live as we saw fit. Many good and brave people have fought, and died, for that ideal. So while you enjoy the cookouts with the family and the parades and fireworks, please remember the men and women who’ve fought, and fallen, in the name of freedom.

Born Free by Kid Rock
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