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The Fate of the Signers of the Declaration of Independence

The 56 patriots who signed America's Declaration of Independence pledged "their lives, their fortunes, and their sacred honor" to the cause of freeing America from Great Britain -- the mightiest empire of the time -- and they meant it! After the signing of July 4, 1776, many of the signers did indeed lose their homes, their life savings, and even their lives -- often after being sadistically tortured by the British!

Five signers were captured by the British as traitors and tortured before they died.  Twelve had their homes ransacked and burned. 

Two lost their sons serving in the Continental Army; another had two sons captured. 

Nine of the 56 fought and died from wounds or hardships of the Revolutionary War. They had pledged their lives, their fortunes, and their sacred honor.  And they meant it!    

What kind of men were they?Twenty-four were lawyers and jurists. 

Eleven were merchants.  Nine were farmers and large plantation owners.  They were men of means, and well educated. Yet they signed the Declaration of Independence knowing full well the penalty would be death if they were captured!

Carter Braxton of Virginia, a wealthy planter and trader, saw his ships swept from the seas by the British Navy.  He sold his home and properties to pay his debts, and died in rags.

Thomas McKeam was so hounded by the British that he was forced to move his family almost constantly.  He served in the Congress without pay, and his family was kept in hiding.  His possessions were taken from him, and poverty was his reward.

Vandals or soldiers looted the properties of Dillery, Hall, Clymer, Walton, Gwinnett, Heyward, Ruttledge, and Middleton

At the battle of Yorktown, Thomas Nelson Jr., noted that the British General Cornwallis had taken over the Nelson home for his headquarters.  He quietly urged General George Washington to open fire.  The home was destroyed, and Nelson died bankrupt.

Francis Lewis had his home and properties destroyed.  The enemy jailed his wife, and she died within a few months.* John Hart was driven from his wife's bedside as she was dying.  Their 13 children fled for their lives.  His fields and his gristmill were laid to waste.  For more than a year he lived in forests and caves, returning home to find his wife dead and his children vanished.  A few weeks later he died from exhaustion and a broken heart.

Norris and Livingston suffered similar fates.

Such were the stories and sacrifices of the American Revolution.These were not wild-eyed, rabble-rousing ruffians.  They were soft-spoken men of means and education.  They had security, but they valued liberty more.  Standing tall, straight, and unwavering, they pledged: "For the support of this declaration, with firm reliance on the protection of the divine providence, we mutually pledge to each other, our lives, our fortunes, and our sacred honor."

They gave you and me a free and independent America.The history books never told you a lot about what happened in the Revolutionary War.  We didn't fight just the British.  We were British subjects at that time, and we fought our own government!Some of us take these liberties so much for granted, but we shouldn't. 

So, take a few minutes while enjoying your 4th of July holiday and silently thank these patriots.  It's not much to ask for the price they paid.

Remember freedom is never free!  It's time we get the word out that patriotism is not a sin, and the Fourth of July has more to it than beer, picnics, and baseball games."


Tuesday, March 18
Flyers Youth Coaches For 2015-16 Season

2015 Fees

Click the link for printable brouchure with 2015/16 fees

Wednesday, June 17
2015 Flyers Youth Scholarship Recipents

Flyers Youth Board opf Directors awarded scholarships for 2015 to the following graduating players

Samuel Amon          Muhlenberg College

Garry Blight     Montclair State Univeristy

Zachary Burkhardt          Temple University

Frank Christy               Neumann University

TJ Janus               West Chester University

Nick Urban                     Elon University



FYHC Mission Statement

Liberty Mutual Play Positive

Parents time to join up 

The more people we recuit the chances ...

Next Board Of Directors Meeting

To Be Announced


Monday, June 16
Wanted...Team Website Volunteers

As part of our club website each team is offered their own page.   If your team has a parent that would like to update team pages email Dave Schwer at

Pages are very easy to maintain and can be used to communicate information to parents and players. 


Monday, December 1
U16AA Champs at SkateZone Thanksgiving Tourny

Our U16AA take an OT win over Hollydell for the tournament championship

Well Done Players and Coaches


Flyers Youth U18A SkateZone Champs

Congratulations go out to our U18A team for winning the SkateZone Thanksgiving Tournament.

Is there any more room in the trophy case


USA Hockey ADM

Flyers Youth fully endorses the USA Hockey ADM program

To learn more please read the article link.

USA Hockey Locker Room Policy

Concussion 101

We encourage coaches, players and parents to watch this video.

Tuesday, August 28
NJYHL Website Link

Click on the link above to view the NJYHL website.

Here you will find the Official NJYHL Guidebook & Schedules

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Hockey History

Class is now in session.  Learn more about the game's greatest players

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