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Remember Richard Somers–Somers Point hero who died fighting Jihad in 1804.

September 10 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm

Every September,  Somers Point remembers local hero Richard Somers who died commanding the U.S. Navy ketch Intrepid in 1804. At that time, America was at war with Muslim “pirates” who had attacked, robbed, and enslaved Americans for the previous 20 years because we were independent and  no longer protected by tribute (bribes) paid by the British Empire.

At first, Americans paid roughly 10% of the federal budget as tribute and ransom to these “pirates” because we had no navy to protect Americans overseas.   But in 1798, Americans had enough and said “Millions for defense, not one cent for tribute”.   We built a new navy.   Richard Somers, of Somers Point was one of the first to join.   In 1801, President Thomas Jefferson sent our new navy to North Africa to stop attacks against Americans.   In just a few short years, these brave Americans achieved what European navies failed o achieve in 300 years.  Richard Somers died in one of those battles on September 4, 1804.

The ceremony is sponsored by the City of Somers Point and the Somers Point Historical Society.   It takes place at the statue and mural that honor Richard Somers at the 800 Block of Shore Road by New Jersey Avenue.

Ceremony includes presentation by Military Historian Chipp Reid, author of “Intrepid Sailors”.   There is no charge for the 1pm ceremony, but we encourage you to help defray our expenses by attending 2pm  fundraising buffet at nearby Gregory’s Restaurant and Bar at 900 Shore Road in Somers Point.   Tickets to that event are $25, with cash bar.   NOTE:   THIS INFORMATION HAS NOT BEEN FINALIZED.   PLEASE SAVE THE DATE, BUT DETAILS MAY CHANGE.   PLEASE CONTACT SETH GROSSMAN AT (609) 927-7333 OR info@libertyandprosperity.org FOR DETAILS IN SEPTEMBER.   THANKS.


September 10
1:00 pm - 2:00 pm