Thrusters (2 – 16 kg KBs)
Continental Congress, July 3, 1776 the after Congress approved the wording of the Declaration of Independence, John Adams wrote to his wife, Abigail, reflecting on what he had shared in Congress and with prophetic insight, declaring the importance of that day:
“I am apt to believe that it will be celebrated by succeeding generations as the great anniversary Festival. It ought to be commemorated, as the Day of Deliverance, by solemn acts of devotion to God Almighty. It ought to be solemnized with pomp and parade, with shows, games, sport, guns, bells, bonfires and illuminations, from one end of this continent to the other, from this time forward forever.
You will think me transported with enthusiasm, but I am not. I am well aware of the toil and blood and treasure that it will cost to maintain this Declaration, and support and defend these States. Yet through all the gloom I can see the rays of ravishing light and glory. I can see the end is worth more than all the means; that posterity will triumph in that day’s transaction, even though we (may regret) it, which I trust in God we shall not.”
The 56 signers of the Declaration of Independence paid a tremendous price for our freedom: 5 were arrested by the British as traitors, 12 had their homes looted and burned by the enemy, 17 lost their fortunes, 2 lost sons in the Continental Army and 9 fought and died during the Revolutionary War.