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Freedom Is Not Free

I watched the flag pass by one day.
It fluttered in the breeze.
A young Airman 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 stood 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 fox holes were soldiers graves?
No freedom is not free.

I heard Taps sound one night,
When everything was still.
I listened to the bugle play,
And felt a sudden chill.

I wondered just how many times,
Taps had meant "Amen,"
When a flag had covered a coffin,
Of a brother or a friend.

I thought of all the children
Of the mothers and the wives.
Of the fathers, sons, and husbands,
With interrupted lives.

I thought about a graveyard,
At the bottom of the sea,
Of unmarked graves at Arlington.
No, Freedom Is Not Free!

- LCDR Kelly Strong, USCG

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Today in Military History

August 25



1537:

The Honourable Artillery Company, the oldest surviving regiment in the British Army, and the second most senior, was formed.


1580:

Battle of Alcantara. Spain defeats Portugal.


1920:

Polish-Soviet War: Battle of Warsaw, started on August 13, ends. The Red Army is defeated.


1942:

Battle of Milne Bay, Papua New Guinea


1944:

GOTHIC LINE, effective dates for battle honour begin (to 2 Sept 44)


1944:

The Allies liberate Paris




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