I PLEDGE ALLEGIANCE TO THE FLAG, OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA, AND TO THE REPUBLIC, FOR WHICH IT STANDS, ONE NATION UNDER GOD, INDIVISIBLE, WITH LIBERTY AND JUSTICE FOR ALL!
For all of our military personnel, where ever they may be, God Bless You who are protecting our Country for our Freedom. Please Support all of the troops defending our Country, Thanks To them, and their sacrifices we can celebrate our 4th of July.
We must never forget who gets the credit for the freedoms we have, of which we should be eternally grateful.
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.
~Copyright 1981 By KellyStrong@aol.com
LCDR Kelly Strong, USCG~
Here with permission
Enjoy Your Freedom-God Bless Our Troops-Show Your Support
When you read this, please stop for a moment And Say a Prayer for our servicemen and women! Of all the gifts you could give A US Soldier, Prayer is the very best. Thank You and God Bless America!