Friday, July 3, 2009 the 4th of July is awesome!

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


How many mothers' tears?

How many pilots' planes

Shot down?

How many died at sea

How many foxholes were soldiers'


No, freedom isn't free

I heard the sound of Taps

One night, 

When everything was still,

I listened to the bugler


And felt a sudden chill.

I wondered just how many times

That Taps had meant 'Amen,' 

When a flag had draped a 


Of a brother or a friend.

I thought of all the


Of the mothers and the wives,

Of fathers, sons and 


With interrupted lives.

Thought about a graveyard

At the bottom of the sea 

Of unmarked graves in 


No, freedom isn't free. 

Enjoy Your Freedom 

& God Bless Our Troops

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