Today is more than the day before Christmas Eve…
Its the day that instead of going home, The soldiers of the Continental Army stayed with Washington to fight for a new Nation. On this day a choice was made that echos on today. In the face of seemingly insurmountable challenges, the wisdom of common sense invigorated a starving, broken, bleeding, freezing and frost bitten Continental Army. If you have any doubts to the difficulty of this choice then by all means Here are the words of Washington himself on how desperate the hour was. Men made a choice to stay. Unpaid, no food, water, nor proper shelter or clothing. A choice that would lead to the birth of a Nation.
This Evening: December 23rd. Two-Hundred and Thirty-Six years ago, General George Washington ordered Thomas Paine’s first crisis paper be read to his soldiers.
“These are the times that try men’s souls. The summer soldier and the sunshine patriot will, in this crisis, shrink from the service of their country; but he that stands by it now, deserves the love and thanks of man and woman. Tyranny, like hell, is not easily conquered; yet we have this consolation with us, that the harder the conflict, the more glorious the triumph. What we obtain too cheap, we esteem too lightly: it is dearness only that gives every thing its value. Heaven knows how to put a proper price upon its goods; and it would be strange indeed if so celestial an article as freedom should not be highly rated.”
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“I fear not. I see no real cause for fear.” Let us hold fast to these simple words, and not let the uncertainty of the future make us fear its inevitable arrival.”
“Let it be told to the future world, that in the depth of winter, when nothing but hope and virtue could survive, that the city and the country, alarmed at one common danger, came forth to meet and to repulse it.”