Remembrance…

Remembrance

“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.

Use this day to remember those who fought to keep you free…

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One thought on “Remembrance…

  1. Well, young man … you are neither bored more boring. You are quite a poet. This is fine work. And your photos too are good.

    I don’t, I never do. Sometimes a war will take someone away from you not through death nor physical injury but in other ways. And you may not understand it until 65 years later. But then at least you have the opportunity to understand.

    Thank you for this. Liz

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