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Freedom Is Not Free

I will never take for granted the sweet freedom I enjoy. I will never forget the men and women that died to preserve it.

Freedom Is Not Free

By Kelly Strong:

I watched the flag pass by one day.
It fluttered in the breeze.
A young Marine saluted it,
and then he stood at ease.
I looked at him in uniform
So young, so tall, so proud,
He’d stand out in any crowd.
I thought how many men like him
Had fallen through the years.
How many died on foreign soil?
How many mothers’ tears?
How many pilots’ planes shot down?
How many died at sea?
How many foxholes were soldiers’ graves?

No, freedom isn’t free.

I heard the sound of TAPS one night,
When everything was still
I listened to the bugler play
And felt a sudden chill.
I wondered just how many times
That TAPS had meant “Amen,”
When a flag had draped a coffin
Of a brother or a friend.
I thought of all the children,
Of the mothers and the wives,
Of fathers, sons and husbands
With interrupted lives.
I thought about a graveyard
At the bottom of the sea
Of unmarked graves in Arlington.

No, freedom isn’t free.

Liberty forever, freedom for all!


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  • Gorges Smythe May 31, 2010 at 4:01 PM

    May God continue to bless America, though, as a nation, we don't deserve it. May God bless the veterans and military personnel, for they certainly DO deserve it, if anybody does.

  • John Carey May 31, 2010 at 10:11 PM

    Amen to that.