Monday, May 30, 2011

Memorial Day - Freedom is Not Free

May 30, 2011
Colorado, USA

A soldier does not sacrifice alone, for when soldiers deploy overseas, the hearts of their families travel with them... -- Brig. Gen. James Doty


Americans Still Missing:

World War I = 4452
World War II = 74,384
Korea = 8186
Vietnam = 1763
Desert Shield = 12
Desert Storm = 2
Iraq/Afghanistan = 2

Freedom is not free

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,
With hair cut square and eyes alert
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

© Copyright 1981 by CDR Kelly Strong, USCG (Ret)

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