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.