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Friday, May 24, 2013

Remembering Memorial Day with Love and Gratitude

Hi Everyone!

I wanted to say hello and wish everyone a nice Memorial Day weekend.  Memorial Day is usually celebrated with get-togethers, pool parties and BBQ's.  Please remember to take time out of your day to honor those who died for our freedom and to pray for our servicemen and women who fight for it today.

I am truly grateful to our servicemen and women (and their families) who have sacraficed so very much on behalf of me, my entire family and our blessed USA.  You are not forgotten, nor will I ever take for granted the price you paid and continue to pay for my freedom.  God bless you and keep you always!

I found this wonderful poem and thought I would share 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.

Freedom comes at such a high price.  On this Memorial Day, I will lovingly remember you in my heart!

1 comment:

Lisa J. Ammerman said...

Thanks for sharing such a lovely tribute!