Friday, May 28, 2010

For Memorial Day 2010

Freedom is Not Free by Kelly Strong

I watched the flag pass by one day.
It fluttered in the breeze.

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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.


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I thought how many men like him
Had fallen through the years.
How many died on foreign soil?
How many mothers' tears?

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How many pilots' planes shot down?
How many died at sea?
How many foxholes were soldiers' graves?
No, freedom isn't free.

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I heard the sound of TAPS one night,
When everything was still
I listened to the bugler play
And felt a sudden chill.
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I wondered just how many times
That TAPS had meant "Amen,"
When a flag had draped a coffin
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Of a brother or a friend.

I thought of all the children,
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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
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Of unmarked graves in Arlington.

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No, freedom isn't free.


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Please remember this Memorial Day that the day is
a day of Remembrance for those who have died in our Nation's service.

Please also consider observing the National Moment of Remembrance
at 3:00 pm on Memorial Day.
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