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Freedom is not free

FREEDOM IS NOT FREE - Memorial Day 2003The National Park Service’s brief description of the Korean War Memorial brings it to life for me:

The greatest achievement of the United States in its over 200 years of history is that its people have remained free.

As I rush into summer pausing briefly to consider tomorrow’s Memorial Day, let me never forget that freedom is not free.

Rob Morse says it well in today’s San Francisco Sunday Chronicle.

This Memorial Day, think a thought for the dead men and women who fought for your freedom to express any thought you want.

Skip the politicians’ speeches, if you will. You don’t have to make a big deal about Memorial Day. But go to the small town parades, the pancake breakfasts and the cookouts.

The dead would if they could. Most of them died too young to have families to take to parades and pancake breakfasts.

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