425th Regimental Association

The regimental home of Company F (RANGER) 425th Infantry

Remembering that Freedom is not FREE

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There are warriors in every branch of our Armed Forces that stand watch in unsafe locations around the world, so that we as a nation, can sleep safely in our beds at night, knowing that our American warriors will protect us with their very lives.  When we try putting a warm and fuzzy focus to their mission, we belittle them and the terrible price they so often pay for their fidelity.

The following video is hard core in its’ intent and execution.  It underlines an inconvenient reality which many of our fellow citizens ignore.  As the majority of our populace grows further away from the one real reason for our military, we take a greater chance of allowing a catastrophe to befall them, and us.

” We sleep safe in our beds because rough men stand ready in the night To visit violence on those who would do us harm.”

                                                                  — George Orwell  1942         

Freedom is NEVER Free!

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This was sent to me by our historian Don Bugg:

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.

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!

I hope you will show your support by sending this to as many people as you can, please. It’s time we get the word out that the term “patriot” is NOT politically incorrect, and the Fourth of July has more to it than beer, picnics, and baseball games.