Friday, November 11, 2011

Day 11: On 11:11:11 I'm thankful for my FREEDOM,

brought to me courtesy of the Veterans who have come before me,  those who I have had the honor to serve with and those who continue to fight today for the Red, White and Blue!
God Bless You All! God Bless America!
Long may you wave, Old Glory, long may you wave!
Happy Veteran's Day everyone!


It's the Soldier, not the reporter
who has given us freedom of the press.

It's the Soldier, not the poet,
who has given us freedom of speech.

It's the Soldier, not the campus organizer,
who has given us the freedom to demonstrate.

It's the Soldier, not the lawyer,
who has given us the right to a fair trial.

It's the Soldier who salutes The Flag, serves under The Flag and
whose coffin is draped by The Flag,
who gives the protester the right to burn The Flag. 

~~ Father Dennis Edward O'Brien, USMC

Charles Michael Province, U.S. Army
Copyright Charles M. Province, 1970, 2005.
All rights reserved.
(OK - I found the poem attributed to both Father O'Brien and Charles M. Province with claims that it is erroneously attributed to the other. I don't know which is correct, though I've usually seen it as Father O'Brien, but regardless, it has always been one of my favorites.)
While technically Soldiers do not "give" us those freedoms, they do guarantee them, so please take the time today to remember that and be sure to say, "Thank you" the next time you see one!
God Bless America's Veterans, today and ALWAYS,

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