Hello North Carolina! I hope Spring is warming your hearts, and I pray the Resurrection warms your soul!
Today is April the 12th, 2017. You may be familiar with this day of the month, or it may just ring a bell – it is the date on the bottom of the North Carolina State flag, and it refers to the Halifax Resolves of 1776.
On April 12th, 1776, 83 Delegates from across the State of North Carolina, today we say, “from Manteo to Murphy,” met in the booming trade town of Halifax, NC to finalize what had been started in Mecklenburg County on May 30th, 1775, the formal declaration of independence from the British King. North Carolina thus became the first State on the American Continent to declare independence and become a sovereign nation.
This is why our license plates now once again (as they did in the old days) “First In Freedom.”
Now it is time to take up and continue to march onward towards the liberty our forefathers in Halifax, Mecklenburg, and across North Carolina put their lives on the line (and many paid in blood) to secure for their posterity and to us, today.
It is my prayer, this Resurrection season, that every one of us, in our own way, will stand up and press forward in the fight for truth and right. Quoting the minutes of the Fourth Provincial Congress, meeting at the Halifax Courthouse:
And whereas the moderation hitherto manifested by the United Colonies and their sincere desire to be reconciled to the mother Country on Constitutional Principles, have procured no mitigation of the aforesaid Wrongs and usurpations and no hopes remain of obtaining redress by those Means alone which have been hitherto tried, Your Committee are of Opinion that the house should enter into the following Resolve, to wit
Resolved that the delegates for this Colony in the Continental Congress be impowered to concur with the other delegates of the other Colonies in declaring Independency, and forming foreign Alliances, resolving to this Colony the Sole, and Exclusive right of forming a Constitution and Laws for this Colony, and of appointing delegates from time to time (under the direction of a general Representation thereof to meet the delegates of the other Colonies for such purposes as shall be hereafter pointed out.