Freedom - the words come so easily to us as we get to experience so much - yet do we ever stop and think about the many sacrifices that our soldiers have made over the years to grant us these freedoms. So many lives have been given, so many families have been separated for extended periods of time. Our soldiers are the reason that we can get up every morning and have the right to pray. So I wanted to take a moment to say to each and everyone that has served in the past or is currently serving - THANK YOU FOR ALL YOUR SACRIFICES! To all of the families that have sacrificed their parents, their spouses, their sons or daughters - we thank you as well. May God Bless you and keep you safe from all harm!
THANK YOU TO ALL OUR VETERANS (AND ALL OUR CURRENT SERVICEMEN AND WOMEN)
It hangs above our homes, our schools and our courts
We wear it on our clothes
We hang them on our walls
But, do we ever stop to recognize the true value of our flag?
Red, White and Blue - these colors are so true
When we see these colors flapping in the wind
we can sense the freedoms that they bring
Freedom to Love
Freedom to Live
Freedom to worship
Freedom to be....
The freedoms it affords us are endless
For these freedoms we must be grateful
But these freedoms don’t come easy
These freedoms don’t come cheap
These freedoms were brought with a price
They were brought with the blood, the sweat and the tears of so many lives
So many lives given up -
Remembered only by the flags that fly above their graves
Families that were torn apart as they grieve the news they are told
“You should be proud because your child died a hero for his country”
Words cannot ease the pain of parents, spouses or children
Who have given the ultimate sacrifice -
The life of their loved one
So, next time that you see our flag flying high above
Don’t just walk on past it without a thought
Take a moment - stop and praise the many men and women
Who gave the ultimate – sacrificial love
Scattered Ashes (By Kathleen W. Rodgers11/09)
Scattered in the ashes in a land so far away Lay the remnants of a war fought by our soldiers An attempt to make wrongs turn into rights
How do we judge the ultimate cost of this fight It’s so much more than loss of life We’ve lost our confidence in ourselves We fear any enemy we cannot see
Our boys and girls are being sent out and turned old before their time The things that they are forced to see should ne’er cross any eyes This enemy is ugly and fights an unfair fight No rules of engagement for him just pure unadulterated hate
Our soldiers fight on gallantly as their friends around them die Loss of limb is second nature as the mines blow up all day A village of civilians suddenly filled with firefight as the enemy takes control They care not who is innocent, life matters not to them
How do we fight a fight when our enemy cannot be seen They hide behind the façade of innocence – men, women and even children And when we least expect it, they come out to kill and maim
Now this fight has taken on a life of its very own It’s crossed over oceans and attacked us at our very homes Men hide in plain sight and walk our streets so free Then when we’re at our weakest they strike our very souls
But what this unseen enemy failed to recognize is the pride in every American And the desire to make things right No matter how they feel about the neighbor down the street When an enemy puts a foot upon our land, all squabbles become obsolete
We are a country full of pride We band together against all odds We will not let others dictate our lives That choice is only ours to make
Don’t laugh at us or mock us Our temper you will flare We’ll try to settle things quietly at first But then your very lives will be ended by the grip of our iron hands
Scattered in the ashes in a land now not so far away Lay the remnants of a war fought not only by our soldiers But all the citizens on the street Our attempt to make the wrongs all right
You can also view these poems written by me and many other patriotic poems (and photos) at
(note: under the above site this poem is called Freedom Flag 02)
This is a fantastic site that has wonderful poetry, photos and tributes to America and its heroes. It is well worth the visit so if you have some free time, stop by and browse it.
These boots are made for..SAVING
Symbol of Security
My hat goes off to these brave ones!!
May she always wave!
Stars and Stripes -Forever May They Wave!!
No matter what our flag gets caught up in - one thing remains true - these colors DON'T RUN!
Thank You for all you've done to preserve our freedom!
Please take a moment to thank a soldier for their sacrifices - send a card, send a care package, say a prayer. Remember - their sacrifice is our freedom!
Thank you for your sacrifice!
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