Monday, July 4, 2011

Happy 4th

With battles having broken out some 15 months earlier, the Second Continental Congress ratified the Declaration of Independence in Philadelphia on this day, 235 years ago, formally announcing the thirteen American colonies' intention to separate from the British Empire, thus becoming a soverign and autonomous nation.

This is the flag of the Culpeper Minutemen, a militia group formed in northern Virginia at the outset of the Revolution in 1775.  Remembered for their trademark phrases "Liberty or Death" & "Don't Tread on Me" – terms that remain pertinent to this day – these indomitable patriots fought with distinction as they helped turn the tide amid the early days of the War.  In remembrance of men like these, I fly this flag in their honor.

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