Freedom Is Not Free

This post is dedicated to my friends, The Kendalls, and all those who have lost dear ones in service to our country.

I watched the flag pass by one day,
It fluttered in the breeze.
A young Service man 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.

LCDR Kelly Strong, USCG – Copyright 1981

Day is done, gone the sun,
From the lake, from the hills, from the sky;
All is well, safely rest, God is nigh.

(*Special thanks to Penny Kendall for the photos.)

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Comments

  1. Too, too sad. I have no words – only tears.
    God bless you all,
    Love, Anne (in Scotland) x

  2. Taps lays hearts open wide. May we pause today. Quiet blessings on the Kendall family.

  3. May God’s blessings be with the families of our fallen soliders. These brave indiviuals fight for freedom. May God watch over all xxx

  4. Connie, what a beautiful post! Thank you for the reminder of what Memorial Day means.
    ~Liz

  5. Thank you for this touching post, Connie! We too are remembering families who have lost loved ones on this day – some were soldiers who stood alongside my husband in the line of duty. Memorial Day will never be “just another holiday” for us again!

  6. Thanks for this! Israeli memorial day is like this…and ours should be…the Israeli teachers at my school are totally mystified by our definition of “memorial” day.

  7. Thank you for Remembering…and Sharing.

  8. Jonathan says:

    I am a public school teacher (though my wife and I will homeschool), and used this in my class today. The students were responsive, thanks for posting it.

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