Durham Historical Beginnings



The Declaration of Independence was adopted by the Continental Congress meeting at Philadelphia, Pennsylvania on July 4, 1776. It announced that the thirteen American colonies, would fight to form a new nation - the United States of America.


Perhaps the most well known words are "...We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness."


The words evoke a powerful message, and through time the mantle of leadership, self sacrifice and dedication to the greater good have been found in those individuals who have served our country in the military.


For as the last line of the document states: "And for the support of this Declaration, with a firm reliance on the protection of divine Providence, we mutually pledge to each other out Lives, our Fourtunes and our sacred Honor."


Durham' Sacred Honor is to be found in the many who have served our nation in times of war and peace. Some of their images and stories follow - the commonality being attendance at Durham High School.



WII and more current Durham’s WWII Honor Roll Durham Honor Roll, Volume II