Wednesday, September 21, 2011

This Day in History September 22,1776

What a good time to bring up a story like this.  Sometimes we Americans tend to forget how wonderful our country is.  I hear it now and then from the students I teach.  Some do not feel proud to be Americans.  Some think freedom is cheap.  It is their "right" to act however they want to with no thought to how much that freedom cost people.  And still is.

Nathan Hale was born in Coventry, Connecticut June 6, 1755.  He graduated from Yale University at the age of 18 and became a teacher himself.  He became a lieutenant in the Continental Army in 1775 during the Revolutionary War.  The following year, he was promoted to captain, and he went on to serve with the Rangers, a group that was known for dangerous missions.

Action Between the British and American Forces during the Revolutionary War
General Washington knew some of the strategy of the British general, but he was unsure of certain particulars that were needed in order to secure a victory.  He asked for a volunteer to go behind enemy lines and get this needed information.  Nathan Hale stepped forward.

Disguised as a Dutch schoolmaster seeking work, Nathan Hale successfully got the needed information from the British in New York.  Things went so well, that his mission was done, and he was preparing to return home on September 21.  Unfortunately, it was this night that he was arrested by the British soldiers.  The word was that he was betrayed by his cousin.

The British General Howe offered Nathan Hale a bribe if he would side with the British.  You can imagine Hale's response!

On this day in 1776, Nathan Hale was hanged.  (Talk about a speedy execution!)  He is best remembered for his famous last words:
I regret that I have but one life to lose for my country.

May we never forget all  of the heroes who have given their lives so we may live a life of freedom.   May we never take it lightly.

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