Memorial Day Tribute – Freedom Isn’t Free

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“Little Sailor” – Robert Warren Gordon

In honor of my grandfather, who served in the United States Navy in WWII.  You will never be forgotten and will always be remembered as a man with great faith and courage.  Love and miss you grandpa!

Freedom Isn’t Free

What was your reason for giving your life
Didn’t you know that it would bring awful strife
Why couldn’t you see that we needed you here
Now you’re gone and were left in despair
Couldn’t you have left this mess to a brother
Why did it have to be you to give his life for another
We needed you here, why couldn’t you agree
Did you just strive for the ultimate victory
Or was there another reason that we couldn’t understand
Maybe it was your love and devotion for this entire land
Honor to your country, duty, respect and above all love
Could those have been the reasons you now look from above
Maybe we should reconsider our image of you
And give you credit where credit is due
You gave your life so that we could live free
Thank you dear soldier for loving me.

By, Michelle Cook

21 responses to “Memorial Day Tribute – Freedom Isn’t Free

  1. Beautiful, Michelle…and many thanks to your grandfather for keeping us safe ❤

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  2. Thank you Dorinda! We have a long line of military in our family. So I was thinking of my grandfather today and all that he taught me. Which of course, brought me the inspiration to write this poem. He is one of the reasons that I later joined the military myself. He didn’t die in war like many of his friends, but he loved his country and it showed throughout his entire life.

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  3. Oh!! Are you still active military?? God bless you!! My dad was Navy but served during peace time, but I had uncles who served in Korea & Viet Nam. They made it home safely but passed much too soon after….

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  4. I served 5 yrs active duty Army. I enlisted right before the Gulf War ended. My husband is still active duty Army and we have a ton of family members that have served. I have had people tell me that they feel soldiers are selfish when they go to war and leave their families behind. They fail to realize that without our soldiers, we might not have a free country or our families at all. I fully support my husband and I know that his sacrifice for our country comes with a cost, but one that is worth it for future generations to come. Blessings to you and your family and I am thankful to your dad and uncles who served. So sad that they are gone now. 😦

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  5. Bless you both!! I will always stand behind the troops…they (and you) are the reason you and I can “speak” to each other. Some day, I hope, people will realize that freedom comes with a cost and is not just something handed down through the generations. Thank you, again!!

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  6. It’s hard for me to look at the sweet faces of little girls and boys, and imagine their lives cut short when as young men and women they fight and die in war. I understand the reasons for wars, and I acknowledge that there are wars that must be fought, but it still breaks my heart.

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  7. Thanks Dorinda! I am thankful that we are friends and I completely agree with you. Without our freedom, we may never have had the chance to speak to one another. Have a wonderful week and thank you for your kind words. ~M

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  8. Yes, it does break my heart too. But I also believe we were each created for a reason and that is why each of us needs to find our calling and live out our purpose in life. For some, their purpose is to protect and fight for others who can’t protect themselves. When this is what you’re passionate about, it is hardly a sacrifice, but instead an honor and a privilege.

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  9. Reblogged this on Encouraging Life and commented:
    In honor to those who have fought bravely.

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  10. Thanks for reblogging! Hope you’re having a great start to your day! 🙂

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  11. No problem. You too 🙂

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  12. A beautiful post and loving tribute;

    {Dear Michelle,
    I can’t like or comment on your site’s pages.
    I can only like or comment your posts in WP-Reader.
    I have added your site to my open ID sites, and try to sign in several times, but they were useless.
    Do you know any solution for this problem?
    Sorry to write it here.
    Thanks, }

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  13. I don’t know, I am so sorry. I will try to find out. 😦

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  14. Try it now and see if it works. I tried to change a few things in my settings and added you as a trusted URL.

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  15. Also, did you add http://www.puttingmyfeetinthedirt.com to your trusted urls. Because I bought my own domain and so it’s different than before.

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  16. Thank you so much for your attention and response,
    I’m going to try them now.

    All the best, ❤

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  17. The problem remains.
    I tried different ways with my 3 different vpn/tunnel software that I had.
    When I log in to write a comment or like on one of your pages, an empty white page occurs, and nothing else.
    Anyway, I’ll keep following in wp-reader.
    Best wishes for you, ❤

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  18. I am sending you a message via your comment page. Let me know what you think! Have a great day!

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  19. Michelle – This is a loving tribute to all that have given their lives for our freedom. We ask for so much from so few.

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  20. Thank you Sherri, it came from my heart. 🙂

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