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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

December 9


Battle of Ayacucho - Peru defeats Spain


The Army of the Republic of Texas captures San Antonio


Joint Committee on the Conduct of the War created by the U.S. Congress


Second Sino-Japanese War: Battle of Nanjing begins.


World War II: British Army attacks Italian forces in North Africa.


China and Provisional Government of the Republic of Korea declares war on Germany, and Italy.


British Eigth Army suspends offensive in Italy


American General George S. Patton is injured in an automobile crash in occupied Germany. He dies twelve days later.


The Trials of War Criminals before the Nuremberg Military Tribunals began with the Doctors' Trial, the trial for war crimes and crimes against humanity began for medical researchers involved in the horrors of Nazi human experimentation.


Adolf Eichmann found guilty of war crimes in Israel.


US Marines land in Somalia

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