Saturday, May 26, 2012

Weekend Reflections: Memorial Day Edition

Kelly Strong

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,
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.

We take far too much for granted. On Memorial Day, take some time to think of the price that has been paid for your freedom. 

Looking Back...
Here's what we talked about this week:

From the Archives...
Looking Ahead... 

Next Week 
Jennifer will share a memorial day post on Monday and the devotional on Wednesday, I (Jessica) will try to make your load a little easier by sharing some helpful links with you on Tuesday, Joanna will share with us on Thursday. Since I'm not sure what the "boss" has in mind for Friday, I'll just encourage you to come find out! :)  

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