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I PLEDGE ALLEGIANCE TO THE FLAG OF THE UNITED STATE OF AMERICA,
AND TO THE REPUBLIC, FOR WHICH IT STANDS, ONE NATION UNDER GOD, INDIVISIBLE, WITH LIBERTY AND JUSTICE FOR ALL!
We must never forget who gets the credit for the freedoms we have, of which we should be eternally grateful. I watched the flag pass by one day, it fluttered in the breeze. A young Sailor 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. Enjoy your freedom and God Bless Our Military Personnel where ever they may be, protecting our freedom. Thanks to them and their sacrifices, we can celebrate this 4th of July.
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Comment by Tim Gulliford on December 25, 2008 at 7:22pm
Last I heard, Treasure Island is being turned into some Auto tour along with those Condo's. The residents are also trying to ban all auto mobiles onto the island yet another group wants the Auto tour. Who knows.
Comment by Gerald Hannah on December 24, 2008 at 10:03pm
I know, I have been back several times to Vallejo where my wife is from to visit family. I checked out Treasure Island since I was stationed there twice and it is nothing, looked like it was turned into homes or maybe condo's.
Comment by Tim Gulliford on July 2, 2008 at 7:45pm
Gerald, Good decision on not moving back to SF. I grew up in the Bay Area and now looking forward to moving away from it including this state. The Bay Area was once a very proud Military area but sadly, those days are no more.

I wish you all a Happy 4th of July where ever you may celebrate. My family and I are attending the 4th of July party on the U.S.S. Hornet Museum.
Comment by Gerald Hannah on June 28, 2008 at 12:48am
I am from Arizona, however I now live near Memphis, Tennessee in Millington. We are known as Flag City USA, just about every yard has a Flag flying. They are also on every lamp post on Navy Road our main street. Yes we are a proud Navy town, I retired here in 1985 when it was a Naval Air Station now we are a Naval Support Activity, our main fuction is host to Bupers. Instead of moving back to San Francisco were my wife is from we decided to make our home here.
Comment by Ilease on June 16, 2008 at 6:38pm
I don't know who the author is of that poem but hit really hits home, especially with everything going on right now. Thanks for posting it.
Comment by Tim Gulliford on June 14, 2008 at 2:41am
Amen to that!

Flag Day is tomorrow, June 14th. Fly them high and Proud!

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