25 May 2009

Always Remember

When I was in Air Force Basic Training I surprised my TI(drill sergeant). He said something or another in class about people who dye their hair weird colors. Now I have been know to use some hair dye now and again... so I spoke up. I said something along the lines of "Aren't we here serving to protect their right to dye their hair whatever color they want?" This reminds me of flag burning. As a patriotic American, the flag is a symbol I am proud of. I love it. I love what it stands for. But I think that burning an American flag is a pure way of respecting it, in a strange way. What else does it stand for, except that you live in a country where you are free to say what you want? It is an expression of someone's anger or their way of getting attention to an issue they want people to think about or change. I think that our soldiers protect our freedoms to do things that they may not prefer or understand (blue hair, flag burning...) but they do it... at great cost to their families and themselves.

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.

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1 comment:

  1. Love the poem and your thoughts. No, freedom is not free. We pay a very high price for it. Thankful for those who have given their lives for our country.