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28 May 2012 @ 08:06 pm
Memorial Day  
To everyone in the US and all the soldiers from everywhere who sacrificed, and to their families who have sacrificed.


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;
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 is not 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 is not Free!

I've always particularly loved this poem.
kenzie_fae: pic#123353744kenzie_fae on May 27th, 2014 11:20 am (UTC)
Beautiful, both picture and poem
Gelseygelsey on May 29th, 2014 12:14 am (UTC)
Thank you! I actually took and edited the pic myself :)

It's one of my favorite poems.