This past weekend, I had the pleasure to tour the American Revolution Museum at Yorktown and the Forgotten Soldier Exhibit.
The Forgotten Soldier Exhibit chronicles the “experiences of African-American soldiers who took part in the American cause for a free and independent nation or took up arms for British forces in hopes of obtaining their own freedom.” It was a humbling experience that left me feeling even more grateful for the sacrifices so many have made in the founding of our country.
The American Revolutionary War was not based on politics, the battle brought people together from all walks of life. “The primary purpose of government, according to the Declaration, was to secure man’s inalienable rights—life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness—and other values sought were unity and public virtue. These values expressed and reflected the social conditions of early America.”
The realities surrounding the road to freedoms did not come together equally for all at the same time. I place my hope in that we have learned difficult lessons from the past, and will continue to honor the fact that everyone has the right to be free, live in peace and harmony without fear and without overreaching government interference.
For this Independence Day Holiday, please take pause to learn more about the founding of the United States of America and to honor all of our Forgotten Soldiers.
Happy 4th of July Everyone,
Risa Leigh Clarke, Producer – http://ElijahandJack.com
Follow the adventures of Elijah, a young camp follower as he encounters famous figures of the American Revolution on his search for his father who has gone missing after the 1778 Battle of Monmouth. Described by its creators as Huckleberry Finn meets The Patriot, the movie is an adventurous, at-time humorous, heartfelt story steeped in Family, Freedom, Home and Redemption!