Thank you for being my hero!  

kiaraslade 36F
68 posts
5/29/2006 1:31 pm

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5/31/2006 2:10 am

Thank you for being my hero!

To all the men and women I know that are in service today and for those that have dedicated their life to the service in the past...this I found for you. Thank you for being my hero! ~ Kiara

Memorial Day

Freedom Is Not Free
By LCDR Kelly Strong, USCG - Copyright 1981

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.



"Take what tomorrow brings and don’t ask why." ~ Kiara Slade


spacecadet561 59M

5/29/2006 2:59 pm

I am grateful that we have such people to keep us free. I will be even more grateful when they don't have to go to places most of us have never heard of before to kill or be killed.

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frbnkslady 48F
6183 posts
5/29/2006 8:48 pm

    Quoting spacecadet561:
    I am grateful that we have such people to keep us free. I will be even more grateful when they don't have to go to places most of us have never heard of before to kill or be killed.
Yes, bring our people home...
Thank you for posting such an awesome poem. T

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