Today’s date is one of the most significant dates in American history. Yet, it is a date that is lost to most modern Americans.
Today, March 23 in 1775, Patrick Henry gave his immortal “Give me liberty, or give me death” speech to the Second Revolutionary Convention meeting at St. John’s Church in Richmond, Virginia. Without a doubt, this speech must be regarded as the single most significant speech ever given in American history. This speech did as much to inspire the colonists to fight for their independence from Great Britain as any other single factor. He is yet today probably America’s greatest orator.
I regard March 23, 1775, as significant as April 19 of the same year–the day the battles at Lexington Green and Concord Bridge took place. These two events (Henry’s speech and the battles at Lexington and Concord) are truly the two most significant events that led to our nation’s birthday on July 4 of the following year.
You might want to look up Henry’s speech and read it once again. I try to read that speech each year around this time. It is as inspirational today as it was the day it was delivered.
Think about it: it was a lawyer (Patrick Henry) and a pastor (Jonas Clark, who was the pastor of The Church of Lexington, where most of the men attended who fired “the shot heard ’round the world” on Lexington Green) that were most influential in inspiring and leading the preliminary events that led to our Declaration of Independence. And, sadly, it is our lawyers and pastors today who are mostly failing to defend the liberties that men such as Henry and Clark fought so bravely to win.
So, when you hear the story of our Declaration of Independence and the names of George Washington, John Adams, Thomas Jefferson, et al., don’t forget Patrick Henry and Jonas Clark.
And, thank God, there are still millions of us across this country that yet proclaim with Patrick Henry: “Give me liberty, or give me death!”
Written by Chuck Baldwin
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