Sunday, May 27, 2007

MEMORIAL DAY

First I just wanted to say to all of you that have lost loved ones, friends serving our country...my thoughts and prayers are with you on this Memorial Day....
Came across this poem and wanted to share it here...BE SAFE...enjoy your day and take a minute out to remember all those you gave for your freedom!!!

Freedom is not free

I watched the flag pass by one day,
It fluttered in the breeze.
A young Service man 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 isn't 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 isn't free.

LCDR Kelly Strong, USCG - Copyright 1981
 
HUGS THOSE YOU LOVE..........PEACE!!!

4 comments:

my78novata said...

they did the pledge as they raised the flag and then they did taps as they lowered it at the camp grounds

emabecmar said...

What a beautiful poem. I had never read it before. Thank you for posting it for us. ((((((hugs)))))))))
Cindy

seraphoflove9001 said...

Ellie...that was a beautiful poem. ;o) Thank you for sharing it.
Lisa

tendernoggle said...

BEAUTIFUL, BEAUTIFUL POEM ELLE! THANKSFOR SHARING IT...AND LET ME BE ONE OF THE MANY TO SAY THANK YOU FOR YOUR BRAVE SONS...THEY ARE THE HEART AND SOUL OF THIS COUNTRY'S FREEDOM.
LOVE YA,
CARLENE