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Posted on May 27, 2007 at 06:55 AM

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.

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Posted on Nov 01, 2009 at 01:21 AM

It isn't free. But as a former service member and volunteer with USO, you can't imagine what these young men go through and are going through. I can tell you stories, that would make you fear for your life and then there are the stories that tear your heart out. There is those who come home and find their lovers and wives. You understand a little what I know and how I feel about our troops. Bob

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Posted on May 29, 2007 at 02:10 AM

Sizzle... I just wish... We All, could elect, True Humanitarians with GUTS, to LEAD... That puts Human life, Above Corporate Profits $$ That puts Human life, Above EGO, and LEGACYS... That puts Human life, Above Impatience and Intolerance That puts Human life, as Important as Ourselves... Then... This World Has a Chance !

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Posted on May 28, 2007 at 04:23 PM

Thanks ladies. Freedom isn't free.... and for all who have lost their lives to allow us the things we take for granted every day.. I salute you and Im thankful. War isnt easy to understand and sometimes in the midst of things its hard to see what all the fighting is really for. But if we didnt stand up for what we believe the world would be a much different place. Some good things do come from war: Defeating Hitler, abolishing slavery, and of course OUR freedom to live life and pursue happiness. In a perfect world if simply loving one another was all it took to solve issues that bring war to the forefront we'd never see a day that we honor our dead men and women for their sacrifices. It is not a perfect world and there are those (Hitler, Stalon, Saddam, Osama etc) who have their own agendas. Agendas that slaughter millions of other people based on religious beliefs, and ways of life. Because people like Hitler, Stalon, Saddam, and Osama exist(ed) we will continue to stand up and fight for ourselves and for others who stand in harms way.

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Posted on May 27, 2007 at 11:41 PM

sizzle... That is so beautiful, yet so sad, and we as Americans, feel for our young sons risking their lives, to preserve, our way of life. But, our brother, our enemy in this war, they are feeling this same pain for their young son's, and we are occupying their soil... So, my heart goes out to our young American sons, as well as those young brothers, we are now at war with... Somewhere, a lack of respect, of communication, of tolerance and understanding; has caused us to fight our own brothers... How many of our sons, have to die, before we say, THIS IS WRONG .. : ( Amen.

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