Freedom is not Free

Growing up, part of Memorial Day weekend was always a visit to the cemetery. We would put flowers on the graves of loved ones. I know the holiday is meant to recognize fallen servicemen and servicewomen, but we would also include our deceased loved ones in our remembrances on the holiday. Now that I don’t live in my hometown, I don’t always make it. In fact, it has been several years, but I would like to go again someday. My parents are attending a service today that will name all the veterans buried in our hometown cemetery (including some of my deceased relatives).

I actually had a summer job working for our city when I was a teenager. One of the tasks was mowing the grass at the cemetery. I was very moved by one particular gravesite. It was decorated with a veteran’s star and a teddy bear. It just reinforced to me that some of the soldiers defending our freedoms were barely more than kids.

I won’t be making it to the service with my parents today, but I will take a moment to appreciate the men and women who have served my country with the noble intention of protecting its freedom.

I will leave you with lyrics from a song that I find very touching, and are particularly fitting for today’s holiday.

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Standing on a hillside
Where the river meets the sea
White crosses without number
Line the fields of peace

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And each one a silent witness
Staring back at me
Every cross a story
Of another place in time
Where young men thought it worthy
To give their life for mine
And for the sake of honor
Left their dreams behind

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And for the price they paid
I’m forever in their debt
Their memory will not die
‘Cause I will not forget

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I will stand and hold my head up high
I will dedicate my life
To the glory of the ones who had to die
I will live, live what I believe
If for no one else but me
I will remember
That freedom’s never free

I will walk free
I will stay free
I will live free
I will die free!

Partial lyrics from Freedom’s Never Free by Philips, Craig and Dean

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