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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 30



1813:

Battle of Kulm - French forces defeated by Austrian-Prussian-Russian alliance.


1862:

Battle of Richmond, Kentucky - Confederates under Edmund Kirby Smith rout a Union army under General Horatio Wright.


1914:

Battle of Tannenberg


1922:

Battle of Dumlupinar, final battle in Greco-Turkish War (1919-1922) ("Turkish War of Independence")


1941:

Siege of Leningrad begins.


1944:

MONTECCHIO, effective dates for battle honour begin (to 31 Aug 44)


1945:

British naval fore arrives in Hong Kong to reoccupy colony


1945:

Supreme Commander of the Allied Forces, General Douglas MacArthur lands at Atsugi Air Force Base.




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