Saturday, December 4, 2010

All Gave Some and Some Gave All ~ Medal of Honor recipient, SSgt Robert J. Miller


Origins of the quote for Some Gave Their Lives... Although it is not clear who first made the statement it is thought to have originated from the last line of the following:
Massachusetts House of Representatives, May 10, 1776.
Resolved, as the opinion of this House, That the inhabitants of each town in this Colony ought, in full meeting warned for that purpose, to advise the person or persons who shall be chosen to represent them in the next General Court whether that, if the honourable Congress should, for the safety of said Colonies, declare them independent of the Kingdom of Great Britain, they, the said inhabitants, will solemnly engage, with their lives and fortunes, to support them in the measure.
Samuel Freeman, Speaker
The lives and fortunes verbiage shows up again in the last line of the final paragraph of the Declaration of Independence
We, therefore, the Representatives of the united States of America, in General Congress, Assembled, appealing to the Supreme Judge of the world for the rectitude of our intentions, do, in the Name, and by Authority of the good People of these Colonies, solemnly publish and declare, That these United Colonies are, and of Right ought to be Free and Independent States; that they are Absolved from all Allegiance to the British Crown, and that all political connection between them and the State of Great Britain, is and ought to be totally dissolved; and that as Free and Independent States, they have full Power to levy War, conclude Peace, contract Alliances, establish Commerce, and to do all other Acts and Things which Independent States may of right do. And for the support of this Declaration, with a firm reliance on the protection of divine Providence, we mutually pledge to each other our Lives, our Fortunes and our sacred Honor.

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