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HA/KS 03-Jul-18
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'Ike' (Phone) 03-Jul-18
HA/KS 03-Jul-18
HA/KS 03-Jul-18
HDE 03-Jul-18
Salagi 03-Jul-18
HDE 03-Jul-18
HA/KS 03-Jul-18
JTV 03-Jul-18
xtroutx 03-Jul-18
Annony Mouse 03-Jul-18
HDE 03-Jul-18
JL 03-Jul-18
JL 03-Jul-18
HA/KS 03-Jul-18
Woods Walker 03-Jul-18
Treeline 04-Jul-18
Mike the Carpenter 04-Jul-18
HA/KS 04-Jul-18
HA/KS 04-Jul-18
JL 04-Jul-18
HDE 04-Jul-18
HA/KS 04-Jul-18
From: HA/KS
03-Jul-18

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03-Jul-18

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03-Jul-18

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From: HA/KS
03-Jul-18

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These WWII Vets Have Been Married For 70 Years!
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These WWII Vets Have Been Married For 70 Years!

From: HA/KS
03-Jul-18

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Above and Beyond
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Above and Beyond

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Above and Beyond is comprised of 58,307 dog tags. Each dog tag represents the death of military personnel in the Vietnam War and is arranged in date order of death. And, each dog tag shows their name, date of death and military branch.

From: HDE
03-Jul-18

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For liberty and self government, for prosperity and the chance for happiness...

From: Salagi
03-Jul-18

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One of my favorite images. I (and others). have shared it here before, but it is worth repeating.

From: HDE
03-Jul-18

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A nice tribute to our National Anthem.

From: HA/KS
03-Jul-18

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03-Jul-18
It is a great country, the greatest ever and I love her.

Thanks guys!

From: JTV
03-Jul-18
Semper Fi to all ........

From: xtroutx
03-Jul-18
This is the greatest place in the world. Tho I have never defended her in times of war, I treasure being here, and owe my life to those that have defended her. Thank you all.

From: Annony Mouse
03-Jul-18
Henry...I've always liked Madison Rising's version of the Star Spangled Banner...great thread.

Even greater country.

Semper Fi to all America!

From: HDE
03-Jul-18
I would submit that Independence Day goes much further than the defense thereof. It's for establishing and keeping alive the concept of self government and individual liberty, the preservation and exercise of natural law, and the betterment of mankind in general.

War and bloodshed is often the price paid and tribute given in Memory of those who defended its establishment. Without the initial act on Lexington Green, Bunker Hill, and Valley Forge, we would be having tea at 2...

From: JL
03-Jul-18
Seems appropriate.....

From: JL
03-Jul-18
For those that haven't seen this before....it's a classic!

From: HA/KS
03-Jul-18

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This is from a former student who did exactly this in Desert Storm.

From: Woods Walker
03-Jul-18

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From: Treeline
04-Jul-18
Happy 4th of July! Some great ones posted!

04-Jul-18

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Enjoying coffee with my smoking hot wife on our back deck.

04-Jul-18
JL, I just posted yours to my FB page. I was in a debate last week on immigration with several liberal colleagues. Since I was for controlled borders I was immediately called stupid, and a racist.

One suggested some useful reading to me, and pointed out one of the works I might especially like because the author respected John Wayne. She went on to tell me how destructive our pioneer values were to our country.

I just thought your video was perfect! I was never called to fight for our country but hopefully I can contribute in some small way. Hope she sees it and blows a gasket.

Honestly, I am laughing so hard my side hurts, thanks.

From: HA/KS
04-Jul-18
John Adams on Independence Day: "The date will be the most memorable epoch in the history of America. I am apt to believe that it will be celebrated by succeeding generations as the great anniversary festival. It ought to be commemorated as the day of deliverance, by solemn acts of devotion to God Almighty. It ought to be solemnized with pomp and parade, with shows, games, sports, guns, bells, bonfires, and illuminations, from one end of this continent to the other, from this time forward forever more."

From: HA/KS
04-Jul-18

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When in the course of human events it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the political bonds 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 to 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 shown 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. --

Such has been the patient sufferance of these colonies; and such is now the necessity which constrains them to alter their former systems of government. The history of the present King of Great Britain is a history of repeated injuries and usurpations, all having in direct object the establishment of an absolute tyranny over these states. To prove this, let facts be submitted to a candid world.

He has refused his assent to laws, the most wholesome and necessary for the public good.

He has forbidden his governors to pass laws of immediate and pressing importance, unless suspended in their operation till his assent should be obtained; and when so suspended, he has utterly neglected to attend to them.

He has refused to pass other laws for the accommodation of large districts of people, unless those people would relinquish the right of representation in the legislature, a right inestimable to them and formidable to tyrants only.

He has called together legislative bodies at places unusual, uncomfortable, and distant from the depository of their public records, for the sole purpose of fatiguing them into compliance with his measures.

He has dissolved representative houses repeatedly, for opposing with manly firmness his invasions on the rights of the people.

He has refused for a long time, after such dissolutions, to cause others to be elected; whereby the legislative powers, incapable of annihilation, have returned to the people at large for their exercise; the state remaining in the meantime exposed to all the dangers of invasion from without, and convulsions within.

He has endeavored to prevent the population of these states; for that purpose obstructing the laws for naturalization of foreigners; refusing to pass others to encourage their migration hither, and raising the conditions of new appropriations of lands.

He has obstructed the administration of justice, by refusing his assent to laws for establishing judiciary powers.

He has made judges dependent on his will alone, for the tenure of their offices, and the amount and payment of their salaries.

He has erected a multitude of new offices, and sent hither swarms of officers to harass our people, and eat out their substance.

He has kept among us, in times of peace, standing armies without the consent of our legislature.

He has affected to render the military independent of and superior to civil power.

He has combined with others to subject us to a jurisdiction foreign to our constitution, and unacknowledged by our laws; giving his assent to their acts of pretended legislation:

For quartering large bodies of armed troops among us:

For protecting them, by mock trial, from punishment for any murders which they should commit on the inhabitants of these states:

For cutting off our trade with all parts of the world:

For imposing taxes on us without our consent:

For depriving us in many cases, of the benefits of trial by jury:

For transporting us beyond seas to be tried for pretended offenses:

For abolishing the free system of English laws in a neighboring province, establishing therein an arbitrary government, and enlarging its boundaries so as to render it at once an example and fit instrument for introducing the same absolute rule in these colonies: For taking away our charters, abolishing our most valuable laws, and altering fundamentally the forms of our governments:

For suspending our own legislatures, and declaring themselves invested with power to legislate for us in all cases whatsoever.

He has abdicated government here, by declaring us out of his protection and waging war against us.

He has plundered our seas, ravaged our coasts, burned our towns, and destroyed the lives of our people.

He is at this time transporting large armies of foreign mercenaries to complete the works of death, desolation and tyranny, already begun with circumstances of cruelty and perfidy scarcely paralleled in the most barbarous ages, and totally unworthy the head of a civilized nation.

He has constrained our fellow citizens taken captive on the high seas to bear arms against their country, to become the executioners of their friends and brethren, or to fall themselves by their hands.

He has excited domestic insurrections amongst us, and has endeavored to bring on the inhabitants of our frontiers, the merciless Indian savages, whose known rule of warfare, is undistinguished destruction of all ages, sexes and conditions.

In every stage of these oppressions we have petitioned for redress in the most humble terms: our repeated petitions have been answered only by repeated injury. A prince, whose character is thus marked by every act which may define a tyrant, is unfit to be the ruler of a free people.

Nor have we been wanting in attention to our British brethren. We have warned them from time to time of attempts by their legislature to extend an unwarrantable jurisdiction over us. We have reminded them of the circumstances of our emigration and settlement here. We have appealed to their native justice and magnanimity, and we have conjured them by the ties of our common kindred to disavow these usurpations, which, would inevitably interrupt our connections and correspondence. We must, therefore, acquiesce in the necessity, which denounces our separation, and hold them, as we hold the rest of mankind, enemies in war, in peace friends.

We, therefore, the representatives of the United States of America, in General Congress, assembled, appealing to the Supreme Judge of the world for the rectitude of our intentions, do, in the name, and by the authority of the good people of these colonies, solemnly publish and declare, that these united colonies are, and of right ought to be free and independent states; that they are absolved from all allegiance to the British Crown, and that all political connection between them and the state of Great Britain, is and ought to be totally dissolved; and that as free and independent states, they have full power to levy war, conclude peace, contract alliances, establish commerce, and to do all other acts and things which independent states may of right do. And for the support of this declaration, with a firm reliance on the protection of Divine Providence, we mutually pledge to each other our lives, our fortunes and our sacred honor.

JOHN HANCOCK, President

Attested, CHARLES THOMSON, Secretary

New Hampshire JOSIAH BARTLETT WILLIAM WHIPPLE MATTHEW THORNTON

Massachusetts-Bay SAMUEL ADAMS JOHN ADAMS ROBERT TREAT PAINE ELBRIDGE GERRY

Rhode Island STEPHEN HOPKINS WILLIAM ELLERY

Connecticut ROGER SHERMAN SAMUEL HUNTINGTON WILLIAM WILLIAMS OLIVER WOLCOTT

Georgia BUTTON GWINNETT LYMAN HALL GEO. WALTON

Maryland SAMUEL CHASE WILLIAM PACA THOMAS STONE CHARLES CARROLL OF CARROLLTON

Virginia GEORGE WYTHE RICHARD HENRY LEE THOMAS JEFFERSON BENJAMIN HARRISON THOMAS NELSON, JR. FRANCIS LIGHTFOOT LEE CARTER BRAXTON.

New York WILLIAM FLOYD PHILIP LIVINGSTON FRANCIS LEWIS LEWIS MORRIS

Pennsylvania ROBERT MORRIS BENJAMIN RUSH BENJAMIN FRANKLIN JOHN MORTON GEORGE CLYMER JAMES SMITH GEORGE TAYLOR JAMES WILSON GEORGE ROSS

Delaware CAESAR RODNEY GEORGE READ THOMAS M'KEAN

North Carolina WILLIAM HOOPER JOSEPH HEWES JOHN PENN

South Carolina EDWARD RUTLEDGE THOMAS HEYWARD, JR. THOMAS LYNCH, JR. ARTHUR MIDDLETON

New Jersey RICHARD STOCKTON JOHN WITHERSPOON FRANCIS HOPKINS JOHN HART ABRAHAM CLARK

From: JL
04-Jul-18
""She went on to tell me how destructive our pioneer values were to our country.""

Frank....relay to your liberal colleagues it's these pioneer values are what we need to go back to. It's been the long-term drift away from these traditional values towards progressiveness that has created what we have today. John

From: HDE
04-Jul-18
Today is definatley all about unalienable rights and not the Constitution.

That and telling 'ol King George to go pound sand...

04-Jul-18
JL, I tried, believe me. Frustrated!

From: HA/KS
04-Jul-18

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