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I just thought you all should be reminded of something that happened long, long ago, in a land not so far away. October 7, 1780 a group of men gathered in Kings Mountain, SC to stand up to a tyrant and defend their homeland and families. These men were known as the "overmountain men," they took it upon themselves to ride and walk from the Appalachian mountains to Kings Mountain in response to a blunt threat from Maj. Patrick Ferguson of the Queens Army.

These 900 farmers and backwoodsmen overcame tremendous obstacles but persevered until victory was claimed for this new-born country. At 3:00 this afternoon they charged, time and time again they charged up the mountain, until finally the ground was taken. Giving validity to Maj. Ferguson's quote, "not even God himself can move me off this mountain." Ferguson was proven correct, the colonist put 8 shots into Ferguson that afternoon and his body still rest on top of Kings Mountain.

Allow me to say thank you to the first generation of American Patriots, some of which we remember now, others whose names have been lost to history; each one planted a seed that afternoon. 229 years ago that seed was placed into the ground and today it has grown beautiful and strong, my friends that seed has matured into that unwavering Tree of Liberty we all take such pride in.

If you wish to learn more about this little known, but vital event I've posted a few sights below.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Battle_of_Kings_Mountain < general history

http://www.nps.gov/kimo/index.htm < park site

http://www.nps.gov/ovvi/index.htm < retrace the journey

http://www.ovta.org/ < probably the best living history association you will ever witness

In closing, I put this here since I wasn't sure about it being lounge material. That being said, let's not make this political please.

Hip Hip Hip...Huzzah!
 

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Thanks for the reminder LS. It shows the perseverance and devotion of some of the citizens of a young country in the making. Everyone needs a reminder from time to time about the sacrifices that were made by those that came long before us and those that are made today.
 

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Amen and thanks for the post LS. We owe a huge blood debt, when are we going to repay it?
 

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^ Repay it by keeping the story alive in the hearts and minds of your fellow countrymen.
 
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