Many of us have martyrs somewhere in our heritage, and long to honor their memories. Our Native American and First Nation friends have known it since this country began. Most every African American born in this country has the tragic knowledge that at least one of their relatives was sold as a slave, stolen from their families and homelands. Thousands of Scottish Christians in the 1600’s who were called the “Covenanters,” refused to sign a pledge allowing their monarch, King Charles, the title of “head of the Church of Scotland,” defying him by saying that “only Jesus Christ could command that position.” Virtually all of them were tortured, starved to death or butchered, and the remaining 300 were sent to the American colonies in slave ships for their disobedience. Most of the ships went down and the stories were quickly erased from Scots history. Slaves from the West Indies were also among those transported overseas to be sold as chattel. A profoundly moving sculpture has been produced off the shore of Grenada, in the West Indies, in honor of their African Ancestors, most of whom probably died on the slave ships. Let this be a memorial to all of those who had their freedom stolen from them, and a reminder to us all to keep fighting for those still enslaved, many sold into sexual and/or domestic slavery in our own country.