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June 16, 2009

Live Free or Die

Filed under: history buff — Miriam @ 10:13 pm

Stark Park Manchester“Live Free or Die. Death is not the Worst of Evils”

Over 7 years ago I made my first trip to the state of New Hampshire. I was going hiking with my crew team in the White Mountains. One of the most distinct features I noticed on that trip up was the motto on the car license plates “Live Free or Die“. It’s a simple motto, a distinct motto, a mott that represents the attitude of many native to the state. Yet it is a harsh motto compared to Maine’s Vacationland, Ontario’s Yours to Discover, Massachusett’s Spirit of America, Quebec’s Je me souveins.

Live Free or Die is a matter of great pride to many native to New Hampshire. It comes from a toast given by a great New Hampshire Revolutionary war hero called General John Stark in 1809. The picture above comes from the base of the John Stark equestrian statue in Stark Park.  Stark park is one of the many sites in New Hampshire (and around the United States) that celebrate his achievements and life.

I leave you with another famous quote by the hero:

“Yonder are the Hessians. They were bought for seven pounds and tenpence a man. Are you worth more? Prove it. Tonight the American flag floats from yonder hill or Molly Stark sleeps a widow!”
— John Stark at the Battle of Bennington in 1777

Stark Park Manchester


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