The early patriots lived at such a time. They could seek comfort, safety, and security in the status quo, or risk everything for the possibility of liberty.
The price was almost more than they could bear.
Abigail Adams, knowing future generations might not realize the magnitude of their sacrifice, said, "Posterity who are to reap the blessings will scarcely be able to conceive the hardships and sufferings of their ancestors.”
Led by the example of George Washington, a leader of exceptional character and courage, ordinary people made extraordinary sacrifices. And when defeat seemed inevitable, and the troops were strained beyond their limit, General Washington urged them on:
"The hour is fast approaching, on which the Honor and Success of this army, and the safety of our bleeding Country depend. Remember officers and Soldiers, that you are Freemen, fighting for the blessings of Liberty - that slavery will be your portion, and that of your posterity, if you do not acquit yourselves like men."
Many gave their lives. Others sacrificed their health and homes. All gave much they held dear.
And they were true.
They paid the price of freedom, and changed the course of history.
Today you and I are the recipients of the legacy forged in the furnace of their affliction.
It is our turn to be true that the legacy may live on!