Patriots & Heroes...

Trip Start Mar 04, 2005
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Trip End Dec 31, 2014


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Flag of United States  , Virginia
Friday, May 25, 2012

The complete quote goes:  " Is life so dear, or peace so sweet, as to be purchased at the price of chains and slavery? Forbid it, Almighty God!  I know not what course others may take; but as for me, give me liberty or give me death!"

This speech was given in March of 1775, by  Patrick Henry. He was urging his fellow Virginians to arm in self-defense, closing his appeal with these words.  Henry's call to arms was carried over the protests of more conservative patriots and was one of the causes of the order by Lord Dunmore, the royal governor, to remove some gunpowder from the magazine. Henry, "a Quaker in religion but the very devil in politics," mobilized the militia to force restitution of the powder. Since Henry's action followed the British march on Concord by only a few hours, it is said to mark the beginning of the American Revolution in Virginia.

Patrick Henry was born in Hanover County, Virginia in 1736, to John and Sarah Winston Henry. John Henry educated young Patrick at home, including teaching him to read Latin.  Patrick Henry was a lawyer, patriot, orator, and willing participant in virtually every aspect of the founding of America. 

Patrick Henry served in the Virginia House of Burgesses; he was a member of the Virginia committee of Correspondence, a delegate to the Virginia Convention, and a delegate to the Virginia Constitution Ratification Convention. He played a prominent role in the May 6, 1776, convention and became the first governor of the commonwealth under its new constitution. Patrick Henry would in fact serve five terms as governor of Virginia.

Red Hill was Patriot Patrick Henry's last home and burial place.  He called it "one of the garden spots of the world" and after our visit, we would have to agree.  The seven historic buildings at Red Hill, renovated and reconstructed in the 1950's and 60's, enjoy a scenic vista overlooking the Staunton River Valley.  Besides the buildings the site contains a visitor center, museum and short movie on the life of Patrick Henry.  We had the place to ourselves which really allowed us to enjoy the peaceful setting. 

From Red Hill we drove about 60 miles to Martinsville, Virginia.  We took in a fund raising concert being put on by the Gary Sinise Foundation.  The Lt. Dan Band would play for about two hours raising funds for a local 22 year old Marine Corporal, J.B. Kerns, who is a triple amputee.  He was injured in an IED attack in Afghanistan back in April of 2011.  The Gray Sinise Foundation, along with the Towers to Tunnel foundation are building this young man a 'smart home'.  It was a great concert, for a great cause....
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