Also, please help us pay for this free public event by coming to our cash bar/fundraising buffet at nearby Gregory?s Restaurant and Bart right afterwards.
Free Public Ceremony:?? September 13,? 2014 at 1PM at ??Richard Somers Memorial Park, 803 Shore Road and NJ Ave.? Somers Point
Fundraising Buffet ?at 2PM, right after the ceremony at nearby Gregory?s Restaurant/Bar,? 900 Shore Road.? $25 per person, $35 per couple includes lunch buffet with cash bar.
For more than 500 years,? fanatic Muslim sea fighters from the Turkish Empire and North Africa ?attacked ?Christian ships and coastal towns to as far away as Ireland and Iceland. ? Millions of European Christians were captured and sold as slaves.???Blonde, blue-eyed females fetched the highest prices in the slave markets in what is today Algeria, Tunisia, and Tripoli (Libya) in North Africa. ?Rich countries like England, France, and Holland paid tribute and ransoms (bribes) to get some of their people back.
During our first 15 years as an independent nation, we in ?the United States also paid these bribes.?? ?But in 1798, we had enough.?? Americans shouted ?Millions for defense!? Not once cent for tribute!?? We built a new navy to protect our people.? Richard Somers ?of Somers Point was one of the first to join.? In 1801, President Jefferson sent? them oversees.? ??Somers commanded one of those ships at age 23.
Those young Americans amazed and inspired Europe with their skill and courage. ?They ended Muslim attacks on the West? for almost 200 years.?? News of their liberation of European slaves in North Africa, ?intensified efforts to free African-American slaves in this country.
Richard Somers and his entire crew of the ship Intrepid were killed during a daring mission in Tripoli on September 4, 1804.? Henry Wadsworh, the uncle of famous American poet Henry Wadsworth Longfellow also died on that ship as second in command.
The public ceremony co-sponsored by LibertyAndProsperity.org,? the Somers Point Historical Society, the City of Somers Point, and a grant from the Atlantic County Cultural and Historic Preservation Program.
To help us order the right amount of food for the buffet, please order your tickets in advance at firstname.lastname@example.org, or (609) 927-7333 or mail or bring your check payable to Liberty and Prosperity 1776, Inc. to our office at 453 Shore Road, Somers Point, NJ? 08244.?? Thanks.
Seth Grossman’s speech dedicating the Richard Somers statue in Somers Point and telling the amazing story of Richard Somers: