“Liberty cannot be preserved without general knowledge among the people.”~ John Adams

Today is the ten-year anniversary of 9/11, an unspeakably terrible day in America’s history.  And ever with us now after this shattering death of innocence, the fear of some new, yet unnamed  horror.  Almighty God forbid.  Our prayers  rise to heaven.  If all nations of the world refuse to allow terrorists to live in their land and demand justice for their heinous crimes, it will come.

With all the remembrances taking place today, I add a call to remember the men and women who sacrificed everything to forge this nation.  Too few have any idea of the enormous events that took place over 200 years ago during the American Revolution.   If we better remembered our roots, Americans would be more deeply grounded in what truly matters and not take freedom for granted.  It was hard-won and can be taken away, is already under assault. Americans cannot go forward in the right spirit until we remember where we came from.

“I always consider the settlement of America with reverence and wonder, as the opening of a grand scene and design in providence, for the illumination of the ignorant and the emancipation of the slavish part of mankind all over the earth.”
John Adams

With that in mind, here’s the stirring theme from the Amazing mini series John Adams, which I highly recommend.

About BethTrissel

Married to my high school sweetheart, I live on a farm in the Shenandoah Valley of Virginia surrounded by my children, grandbabies, and assorted animals. An avid gardener, my love of herbs and heirloom plants figures into my work. The rich history of Virginia, the Native Americans and the people who journeyed here from far beyond her borders are at the heart of my inspiration. In addition to American settings, I also write historical and time travel romances set in the British Isles. And nonfiction about gardening and country life.
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5 Responses to “Liberty cannot be preserved without general knowledge among the people.”~ John Adams

  1. Leah St. James says:

    One of my family’s favorite videos. Thanks, Beth, for reminding us of their sacrifices.

  2. Ray G says:

    I wasn’t always able to watch the mini series as it was shown. I watched it On Demand. It was an excellent series. One of my favorite parts was his defense of the British soldiers involved in the Boston Massacre because he believed in the rule of law. Unfortunately some of our politicians and even ordinary citizens have forgotten.

    One man interviewed about 9/11 yesterday said that 9/11 was more important than Dec 7, 1941 because New Yonkers are more important than Hawaiians because New York is the world’s most important city and Hawaii wasn’t even a state. The least important person deserves the respect of the most important. If we forget that we forget the best part of being American.

    Ray

  3. Ciara Knight says:

    Thanks for reminding us of the sacrifice of so many so we may remain free. Ray G. Well said, “The least important person deserves the respect of the most important. If we forget that we forget the best part of being American.”

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