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With a long weekend ahead.............

by Mac McMullen / July 1, 2008 1:20 PM PDT

As we plan and prepare for the long weekend, let?s reflect??.

God Bless our Military who are protecting our Country for our Freedom. Thanks to them, and their sacrifices, we can celebrate this 4th of July. We must never forget who gets the credit for the freedoms we have, and of which we should be eternally grateful.

FREEDOM IS NOT FREE - CDR Kelly Strong, USCG ?(CDR Strong wrote this poem as a high school senior at Homestead High, Homestead, FL. in 1981, as a tribute to his father, a career marine).

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.

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We just finished putting out the flags on our street.
by Angeline Booher / July 3, 2008 3:59 AM PDT

Others are doing the same in the neighborhood. It always looks so nice. They go on the easement a couple of yards apart.

The house flag will have to come down tomorrow as rain storms are expected. I think I will buy a pole + flag for my son for Christmas. There is an ideal place for it right by a street/security light that is appropriate for lighting it.

Nashville's fireworks show is rated nationally as high as second. It s televised locally. The storms might be over by that time, hopefully.

Thank you for the moving poem. My AF family will soon be on their way to Eilson in Fairbanks.

Our military continues to keep watch.

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That's more like Memorial day, don't you think?
by James Denison / July 3, 2008 6:24 AM PDT

I look on July 4th more as celebration.

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Generational thinking.
by Angeline Booher / July 3, 2008 8:42 AM PDT

We used to have "Decoration Day" in May.

That is when we were more into going to the cemetery to put flowers on the graves of our family members.

We used to have "Veterans Day" in the same year. Also "Poppy Day" i honor of WWI veterans (later WWII).

That was when we remembered our veterans, and the sacrifices they had made for us and the country, some with their lives.

But then the days were combined. One less day to have off from work.

Yes James, we sure do celebrate being a free and independent country. But there were lots of men and women who died to make it so, starting with the Revolutionary War up through all that were necessary to cement that freedom.

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Lots of former days observed are no longer.
by James Denison / July 3, 2008 11:32 AM PDT
In reply to: Generational thinking.
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Saw it as...............
by Mac McMullen / July 3, 2008 10:58 AM PDT

.....the author at a Parade (why not the 4th of July) who observed a
young marine salute a passing flag, and the thoughts that followed.

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