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Happy 4th of July from Senator Ruff

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Sat, 2010-07-03 20:00 -- ajohnston

Please say a prayer for all the great things about this nation.  May that which our forefathers created continue to receive the blessings of our heavenly father.  Also, take a moment this holiday weekend to remember all of those that have worked so hard and sacrificed so much for our nation’s freedom.  Let us all set aside our differences this weekend and celebrate together.  Thank you so much for your support and I wish you and your family a happy and safe 4th of July.

Around the District

All across the state and nation there are celebrations of the 4th. Last evening South Hill had fireworks.  Today Clarksville, Scottsburg and Scottsville all had parades.  It would be great to be able to attend all.  That, however, is impossible.  I do hope each of you takes the time to celebrate our founding and for what it stands.  There were fireworks in South Hill tonight and there will be fireworks in Meherrin and Gasburg this weekend as well as many other places throughout the district.  Please celebrate responsibly!

A Little History Lesson

Have you ever wondered what happened to the 56 men who signed the Declaration of Independence?  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 Revolutionary Army, another had two sons captured.  Nine of the 56 fought and died from wounds or hardships of the Revolutionary War. They signed, and they pledged their lives, their fortunes, and their sacred honor.  What kind of men were they?  Twenty-four were lawyers and jurists. Eleven were merchants, nine were farmers and large plantation owners, men of means, well-educated. But they signed the Declaration of Independence knowing full well that the penalty would be death if they were captured.

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."

So, let's take a few moments while enjoying our 4th of July holiday and silently appreciate these patriots and thank the God who moved them. It's not much to ask for the price they paid.

Again, I wish you and your family a very happy and safe 4th of July holiday. 
If I can be of assistance to you in any way, please do not hesitate to call me at 434 374 5129 or email me at


Frank Ruff
15th Senate District