Tuesday, November 11, 2008

Freedom Isn't Free




"Freedom isn't free" was the point of U.S. Veteran Byrd Looper's message at today's Veterans' Day ceremony.

A large crowd turned out at Memorial Stadium on the eleventh day of the eleventh month at the eleventh hour to honor those who have fought and died for America.

Among those participating in the color guards, placement of wreaths and flag-folding demonstration were high school groups, the American Legion, Emblem Club and VFW.

Looper closed with a poem called "It is the Veteran," which I share below.

It is the VETERAN, not the preacher,
who has given us freedom of religion.

It is the VETERAN, not the courts
who has given us the right to keep and bear arms

It is the VETERAN, not the reporter,
who has given us freedom of the press.

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

It is the VETERAN, not the campus organizer,
who has given us freedom to assemble.

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

It is the VETERAN, not the politician,
Who has given us the right to vote.

It is the VETERAN, who salutes the Flag,
and serves under the flag.

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To read a news article about the D-Day experience of one of World War II's remaining veterans (my father in law), click HERE.

6 comments:

Hope said...

A wonderful and very touching post for our Veterans! Happy Veterans Day!

J. Andrew Lockhart said...

amen - hope your day was nice.

magiceye said...

amen

Hilda said...

I like that message. Very true.

D said...

This is very touching. Thanks for sharing it.

Jana said...

That is a wonderful poem.