Today isn’t just a break from work for a 3-day weekend. Its a day to remember, and to realize that our freedom isn’t free: it was (and is) purchased with the blood of countless American soldiers.
It is the soldier, not the reporter who has given us the freedom of the press
It is the soldier and not the poet who has given us the freedom of speech.
It is the soldier not the ‘community organizer’ who gives us the freedom to demonstrate.
It is the soldier,
who salutes the flag,
who serves under the flag,
and whose coffin is draped by the flag,
who allows the protester to burn the flag.”
– Father Dennis Edward O’Brien, USMC
No Man’s Land by Eric Bogle
Reflecting on the grave of one of WWI’s fallen.