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    Missing a Detail

    July 6, 2006 by Brandy Vencel

    Yesterday, I posted the Darndest Things List for July and included a description of our celebration of Independence Day. I left out a very important detail. I don’t know why, because I was so excited about it at the time. Anyhow, since I know Si reads this blog from time to time, I thought I’d honor him with an entire posting all about the new tradition he tried to start.

    Midway through the meal, Si stood up and read Patrick Henry’s famous “Give me liberty, or give me death!” speech to the table. He cut it down just a tad out of respect for those at the table who are not accustomed to such things {He wanted to make sure he’d be able to read something next year, too}.

    Patrick Henry delivered his speech in the year before the signing of the Declaration of Independence, and it sheds a bit of light on the historical context at the time. The King was building up an army and navy in the colonies, and there was mention of a threat of being disarmed {hence the eventual second ammendment, I’m guessing}.

    In the words of my mother, “How quickly we forget the reason for our holidays.”

    Indeed. And I love that my husband seeks to recover the meaning of such days, that we might not practice a mere empty shell of tradition, but that our celebrations be full of a remembrance of real events.

    As a final note, I thought I would mention that this speech and many more historical documents are collected together in a great resource, The Patriot’s Handbook by George Grant.

     

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    1 Comment

  • Reply Si July 7, 2006 at 8:31 pm

    Thanks for remembering my contribution to the 4th. And let’s not forget to honor my S’more-making, too.

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