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PostSubject: Freedom Is Not Free   Sat May 26, 2012 4:17 pm

Let us not forget what this "unofficial start of the summer holiday" is all about. Too many people think of it as that. It is to remember our fallen heros from all of America's conflict no matter how great or how small. say a prayer for our fallen brothers, fathers and so on. I will never forget them. God Bless them all.



Freedom Is Not Free


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 a crowd.
I thought how many men like him
had fallen through the years.
How many had 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 brother or a friend.
I thought of all the children,
Of 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.


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PostSubject: Re: Freedom Is Not Free   Sat May 26, 2012 4:28 pm

A Soldier Died Today

by R.F. Dees and his grandson, Justin Pierce in honor of Memorial Day
and veterans who have fought in wars and conflicts.
(Posted: Marietta Monitor, Marietta, OK May 28, 1999)

He was getting old and paunchy and his hair was falling fast;
And he sat around the Legion, telling stories of the past.
Of a war that he had fought in and the deeds that he had done,
In his exploits with his buddies, they were heroes everyone.
And tho' sometimes to his neighbors, his tales became a joke,
All his legion buddies listened, for they knew whereof he spoke.
But we'll hear his tales no longer, for old John has passed away;
And the world's a little poorer, for a soldier died today.
He'll not be mourned by many, just his children and his wife,
For he lived an ordinary and quite uneventful life.
Held a job and raised a family, quietly going his own way,
And the world won't note his passing, though a soldier died today.
When politicians leave this earth, their bodies lie in state,
And thousands note their passing and proclaim that they were great.
Newspapers tell their life stories, from the time that they were young.
But, the passing of a simple Soldier goes unnoticed and unsung.
Is the greatest contribution to the welfare of our land,
A person who breaks promises and cons his fellow man,
Or the ordinary fellow, who in times of war and strife,
Goes off to serve his Country and offers his life?
It"s so easy to forget them, for it was so long ago,
That the "old Johns" of our country went to battle, but we know,
It was not the politicians, with their promises and ploys,
Who won for us the freedom that our Country now enjoys.
He was just a "common soldier" and his ranks are growing thin.
But, his presence should remind us, we may need his like again.
For when countries are in conflict, then we find the Soldier's part,
Is to clean up the troubles, that others often start.
If we cannot give him honor, while he's here to hear the praise,
Then at least, let's give him homage at the ending of his days.
Perhaps a simple notice, in the paper that would say,
"Our country is in mourning, cause a Soldier passed away today."



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PostSubject: Re: Freedom Is Not Free   Sun May 27, 2012 5:32 am

What a deal! I was raised in Marietta, OK! R F Dees and his wife Katherine had one daughter, Jackie Ann. She was my age and I went through school with her. She was a member of my graduating class. Jackie married a fellow from Leon, small community in western Love County, Her husband was Herschell Pierce and this young man that contributed to writing this piece is his son. These are folks I have known all my life. Jackie and I used to run around together with three or four others and we went in and out of RF and Katherine's home as if it were our own. The first home we bought in Marietta when we moved back there after getting married was in 1972 and RF built it! Brings back many fond memories of a kinder more gentle time in life for everyone! Thanks for posting~!

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PostSubject: Re: Freedom Is Not Free   Sun May 27, 2012 5:41 am

Isn't it strange how lives even hundreds of miles apart, can without intention, interact with one another. Enjoy this solemn holiday.
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PostSubject: Re: Freedom Is Not Free   Sun May 27, 2012 5:44 am

Amazing!

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PostSubject: Re: Freedom Is Not Free   Sun May 27, 2012 5:58 am

The STORY BEHIND the Song "TAPS"

We have all heard the haunting song, "Taps." It's the song

that gives us that lump in our throats and usually creates tears

in our eyes. But, do you know the story behind the song?

If not, I think you will be pleased to find out about it's

humble beginnings.

Reportedly, it all began in 1862 during the Civil War, when

Union Army Captain Robert Ellicombe was with his men near

Harrison's Landing in Virginia.

The Confederate Army was on the other side of the narrow

strip of land. During the night, Captain Ellicombe heard

moans of a soldier who lay severely wounded on the field.

Not knowing if it was a Union or Confederate soldier,

the Captain decided to risk his life and bring

the stricken man back for medical attention.

Crawling on his stomach through the gunfire, the Captain

reached the stricken soldier and began pulling him toward his

encampment. When the Captain finally reached his own lines,

he discovered it was actually a Confederate soldier, but the

soldier was dead. The Captain lit a lantern and suddenly

caught his breath and went numb with shock. In the dim light,

he saw the face of the soldier. It was his own son. The boy had

been studying music in the South when the war broke out.

Without telling his father, the boy enlisted in the Confederate

Army. The following morning, heartbroken, the father asked

permission of his superiors to give his son a full military burial

despite his enemy status.

His request was only partially granted. The Captain had

asked if he could have a group of Army band members

play a funeral dirge for his son at the funeral. The request

was turned down since the soldier was a Confederate.

But, out of respect for the father, they did say they could

give him only one musician. The Captain chose a bugler.

He asked the bugler to play a series of musical notes he

had found on a piece of paper in the pocket of the dead

youth's uniform. This wish was granted.

The haunting melody, we now know as "Taps"

used at military funerals, was born.

Day is done

Gone the sun

From the lakes

From the hills

From the sky.

All is well,

Safely rest.

God is nigh.

Fading light

Dims the sight

And a star

Gems the sky,

Gleaming bright

From afar,

Drawing nigh,

Falls the night.

Thanks and praise,

For our days,

Neath the sun,

Neath the stars,

Neath the sky,

As we go,

This we know,

God is nigh.

I too, have felt the chills while listening to "Taps"

but I have never seen all the words to the song until now.

I didn't even know there was more than one verse.

I also never knew the story behind the song and I didn't

know if you had either so I thought I'd pass it along. I now

have an even deeper respect for the song than I did before.

Have an enjoyable Memorial Day, And make sure you

take a moment to remember those who have served!

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PostSubject: Re: Freedom Is Not Free   Sun May 27, 2012 6:22 am

Those that do not feel a chill and the hair raise up on their neck when hearing it just do not have the capacity to understand anything!! I am in the middle of watching :The Pacific" and it still amazes me that we have been through so much as a nation only to let the idiots and stupids tear it apart!! Taps is just another example of their stupidity and ignorance. It does carry a powerful message!!! TWIT!!

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PostSubject: Re: Freedom Is Not Free   Sun May 27, 2012 12:08 pm

Ahmen!!!!
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