Lost Episode for September 1

Written by on September 2, 2014 in Founding Fathers

By Kenyn Cureton During the War of 1812, the British invaded Washington, DC, burned the Capitol, and forcing President James and Dolly Madison to flee the White House. On September 1, 1814, a somber but resolute Madison declared: “Whereas the enemy by a sudden incursion have succeeded in invading the capitol of the nation…during their possession of which, though for a single day only, they wantonly destroyed the public edifices…. “Now, therefore, I, James Madison. President of the United States, do issue this my proclamation, exhorting all the good people thereof to unite their hearts and hands… “On an occasion which appeals so forcibly to the proud feelings and patriotic devotion of the American people none will forget what they owe to themselves, what they owe to their country and the high destinies which await it, what to the glory acquired by their fathers in establishing the independence which is now to be maintained by their sons with the augmented strength and resources with which time and Heaven had blessed them.”* In the aftermath of such a devastating defeat, Madison recalled the sacrifices made by the previous generation of patriots, urged the present generation to take up their patriotic duty, and recognized that God is the source of the strength and resources needed to maintain their independence. That is another lost episode in American history. Read and reflect: Read Psalm 20:7 and reflect on the fact that at the end of the day, our trust cannot be in our matchless military alone but […]

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