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Summary: We have the freedoms we have today because of men and women who would rather die free than live in slavery. We have freedom from sin today because of a Savior who died in our stead. Don’t Sell Out. Live Free, Free from sin!

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“My kind of loyalty was loyalty to one's country, not to...its office holders.” -Mark Twain (1835-1910); [Samuel Clemens] Humorist, Essayist, Novelist

“Loyalty is a feature in a boy's character that inspires boundless hope.” -Sir Robert Baden-Powell (1857-1941); Founder Of The Boy Scouts

“It is better to be faithful than famous.” -Theodore Roosevelt (1858-1919); 26th U.S. President

“It should be your care, therefore, and mine, to elevate the minds of our children and exalt their courage; to accelerate and animate their industry and activity; to excite in them an habitual contempt of meanness, abhorrence of injustice and inhumanity, and an ambition to excel in every capacity, faculty, and virtue.” -John Adams (1735-1826); 2nd U.S. President

“Champions aren't made in gyms. Champions are made from something they have deep inside them - a desire, a dream, a vision. They have to have the skill, and the will. But the will must be stronger than the skill.” -Muhammad Ali [Cassius Clay] (born 1942); Boxer

“Loyalty means nothing unless it has at its heart the absolute principle of self-sacrifice.” -Woodrow Wilson (1856-1924); 28th U.S. President

“Loyalty and devotion lead to bravery. Bravery leads to the spirit of self-sacrifice. The spirit of self-sacrifice creates trust in the power of love.” -Morihei Ueshiba (1883-1969); Founder Of The Japanese Martial Art Akido

I Kings 21:1-15; II Kings 9:26; John 15:1-8

The King wanted Naboth to sell out.

He said ‘No’.

January 1st, 1776 on Prospect Hill near Boston the Stars and Bars (Old Glory) was unfurled for the first time.

July 4th, 1776 the Continental Congress gathered and 56 signers signed their livelihood and life’s away by signing the Declaration of Independence.

In 1814 Dr. William Beanes was taken by the British. While he was there he treated some of their wounded. A lawyer, Francis Scott Key went to the British to try and gain Dr. Beanes release, to no avail. They both were placed on a sloop behind the British ships during the battle that ensued. From that vantage point, Key penned:

Oh, say can you see by the dawn's early light

What so proudly we hailed at the twilight's last gleaming?

Whose broad stripes and bright stars thru the perilous fight,

O'er the ramparts we watched were so gallantly streaming?

And the rocket's red glare, the bombs bursting in air,

Gave proof through the night that our flag was still there.

Oh, say does that star-spangled banner yet wave

O'er the land of the free and the home of the brave?

On the shore, dimly seen through the mists of the deep,

Where the foe's haughty host in dread silence reposes,

What is that which the breeze, o'er the towering steep,

As it fitfully blows, half conceals, half discloses?

Now it catches the gleam of the morning's first beam,

In full glory reflected now shines in the stream:

'Tis the star-spangled banner! Oh long may it wave

O'er the land of the free and the home of the brave!...

In 1893 Katharine Bates took a wagon pulled by two mules as far as she could and then climbed the rest of the way up Pikes Peak and looked out over the vast expanse and penned these words:

O beautiful for spacious skies,

For amber waves of grain,

For purple mountain majesties

Above the fruited plain!

America! America!

God shed his grace on thee

And crown thy good with brotherhood

From sea to shining sea!

O beautiful for pilgrim feet

Whose stern impassioned stress

A thoroughfare of freedom beat

Across the wilderness!

America! America!

God mend thine every flaw,

Confirm thy soul in self-control,

Thy liberty in law!

O beautiful for heroes proved

In liberating strife.

Who more than self their country loved

And mercy more than life!

America! America!

May God thy gold refine

Till all success be nobleness

And every gain divine!

CONFLICT

SPAN CASUALTIES

American Revolutionary War 1775-1783 25,000

Northwest Indian War 1785-1795 1,056

Quasi-War 1798-1800 514

War of 1812 1812-1815 20,000

1st Seminole War 1817-1818 36

Black Hawk War 1832 305

2nd Seminole War 1835-1842 1,535

Mexican-American War 1846-1848 13,283

3rd Seminole War 1855-1858 26

Civil War 1861-1865 625,000

Indian Wars 1865-1898 919

Great Sioux War 1875-1877 314

Spanish-America War 1898 2,446

Philippine-American War 1898-1913 4,196

Boxer Rebellion 1900-1901 131

Mexican Revolution 1914-1919 35

Haiti Occupation 1915-1934 148

World War 1 1917-1918 116,516

North Russia Campaign 1918-1920 424

American Exped. Force Siberia 1918-1920 328

Nicaragua Occupation 1927-1933 48

World War 2 1941-1945 405,399

Korean War 1950-1953 36,516

Vietnam War 1955-1975 58,209

El Salvador Civil War 1980-1992 37

Beirut 1982-1984 266

Grenada 1983 19

Panama 1989 40

Persian Gulf War 1990-1991 258

Operation Provide Comfort 1991-1996 19

Somalia Intervention 1992-1995 43

Bosnia 1995-2004 12

NATO Air Campaign Yugoslavia 1999 20

Afghanistan (ongoing) 2001- 2,145(11/2012)

Iraq 2003-2011 4,486

Total: 1,319,729

A lot of blood has been spilled/spent to pay for our independence our rights.

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