Sunday, September 11, 2011

Today, we remember...

that freedom is not free.  

This is a wonderful tribute found on the public domain and reposted on You-Tube, click the "freedom isn't free link" to see it.

So, today and every day, we remember with gratitude all those who have sacrificed; all those who gave their all so that we have freedom today; and all the families who have suffered and mourned as a result.  The count is high.  The list below does not include many other confrontations or actions where American soldiers paid the price so we could have the freedoms we have today.  (Source:  Wikipedia here.)

Grand total for
all conflicts:  1,343,812 deaths   1,529,230 wounded   38,159 missing

Some of the major ones:

World War I   116,516 deaths   204,002 wounded     3,350 missing

World War II   405,399 deaths   670,846 wounded   30,314 missing

Koren War       53,686 deaths     92,134 wounded     4,759 missing

Vietnam War    58,209 deaths   153,303 wounded     2,489 missing

Afghanistan        1,747 deaths      9,971 wounded           1 missing

Iraq War            4,430 deaths    31,965 wounded           2 missing

9/11 Attacks      2,977 deaths                  ?                             ?

And we remember also all those in the military, all our police and firefighters and all those who serve to protect and defend us and pray for their protection and safekeeping.

The Soldier
It is the soldier, not the reporter,
who has given us freedom of the press.

It is the soldier, not the poet,
who has given us freedom of speech.

It is the soldier, not the campus organizer,
who has given us the freedom to demonstrate.

It is the soldier, not the lawyer,
who has given us the right to a fair trial.

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.

By Charles M. Province, copyright 1970, 2010.


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