08 October 2012

Forty Days to November
Day 12: Freedom Isn't Free

Most Americans appreciative of our armed forces, police officers, and emergency responders know the phrase "Freedom isn't Free." However, let it never become a cliche, but rather an expression of deep gratitude and strong memory of so many heroes.

Nathan Hale (1755-1776) was a school teacher when the Revolutionary War broke out in April of 1775.  After hearing about the seige of Boston, Hale and his five brothers (!!!) joined in on the fight for American independence.
Nathan Hale spies on the British Forces
Hale fought under General George Washington in New York as British General William Howe began a military buildup on Long Island.  When Washington asked for a volunteer to go on a spy mission behind enemy lines, Hale stepped forward.  For one week he gathered information on the position of British troops, but he was captured while returning to the American side.  Because of the incriminating papers Hale possessed, the British new he'd been spying on them. Howe ordered the young Hale to be hanged the following day without a trial.

Nathan Hale was twenty years old.

Hale was hanged on September 22, 1776.  Before he was hanged, essentially as a Patriot who was giving his life for a newly born country, he made a short speech.

"I only regret that I have but one life to lose for my country."
Hale's Summary Execution
John Quincy Adams said, "You will never know how much it has cost my generation to preserve your freedom. I hope you will make good use of it." We must do all we can to protect the freedom that generations past have entrusted to us. Thank those you can, remember those who have gone, and hold on to memories of our heroes of  history.

Patriot's Prayer: Almighty God, may we as a nation be ever grateful for the men and women who have given - or are today giving - their lives to give us freedom.

Patriot's Promise: Greater love has no man than this, than to lay down one's life for his friends. ~John 15:13

NOTE: All source material(unless otherwise noted)from God's Promises for the American Patriot by Dr. Richard D Lee & Jack Countryman; In God We Still Trust by Dr. Richard D Lee; and The American Patriot's Bible: The Word of God and the Shaping of America(NKJV) by Richard G Lee (general editor).

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