Happy Veterans Day!
My daily prayer for our American servicemen and women.
Lord please bless our American servicemen and women especially those fighting in Iraq and Afghanistan and those serving in other countries where people would seek to harm them.
Please give them courage, faith, clarity of mind, clarity of vision, and quick physical reactions.
War is an ugly thing, but not the ugliest of things.
The decayed and degraded state of moral and patriotic feeling which thinks that nothing is worth war is much worse.
The person who has nothing for which he is willing to fight, nothing which is more important than his own personal safety, is a miserable creature and has no chance of being free unless made and kept so by the exertions of better men than himself.
–John Stewart Mill—
[FONT=Arial]I watched the flag pass by one day.[/FONT]
[FONT=Times New Roman]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 isn’t 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 isn’t free.[/FONT]
[FONT=Arial]©Copyright 1981 by CDR Kelly Strong, USCG (Ret).](http://www.iwvpa.net/strongk/)[/FONT]