FREEDOM IS NOT FREE
The Barefoot soldier
I want you
to picture in your mind the soldier at Valley Forge, as he holds his musket in
his bloody hands. He stands barefoot in the snow, starved from lack of food,
wounded from months of battle and emotionally scarred from the eternity away from his family surrounded by
nothing but death and carnage of war. He stands though, with fire in his eyes
and victory on his breath. He looks at us now in anger and disgust and tells us
I gave you a birthright of freedom born in the Constitution
and now your children graduate too illiterate to read it. I fought in the snow
barefoot to give you the freedom to vote and you stay at home because it rains.
I left my family destitute to give you the freedom of speech and you remain
silent on critical issues, because it might be bad for business. I orphaned my
children to give you a government to serve you and it has
stolen democracy from the people.
It's the soldier not the poet who gives
you the freedom of speech.
soldier not the reporter who gives you the freedom of the
It's the soldier not the campus organizer who
allows you to demonstrate.
It's the soldier who salutes the flag, serves the
flag, whose coffin is draped with the flag that allows the protester to burn the
"Lord, hold our troops in your loving hands.
Protect them as they protect us. Bless them and their families for the selfless
acts they perform for us in our time of need. I ask this in the name of Jesus,
our Lord and Savior. Amen."
When you read this, please stop for a
moment and say a prayer for our U.S. ground troops all over this world. This can
be very powerful.... Of all the gifts you could give a US Soldier, Prayer
is the very best one.....
American Legion Holly-Riddle Post 21