Veterans Day 2012 - From the Web

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  1. knewheart

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    I watched the flag pass by one day,
    It fluttered in the breeze;
    A young Marine 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 is not 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 is not Free!​

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