Thank you for having the courage to see what had to be done and do it, even though so many thought that separating from the most powerful empire on earth was mad at best and evil at worst. Thank you for being willing to rebel against your King and your Parliament when they put you to the test. Thank you for giving up fortunes, futures, plans, families, treasure and peace and happiness and life itself.
I can't give any of it back to you, but after 233 years, I remember you. Thank you.
July 4, 2009