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The Cost Of Freedom
by Joy L. Hale

Thursday, May 26, 2011
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The picture is a memorial display in our home to honor my father who is a World War II veteran. The flag displayed is the one that draped his coffin, the book one of his favorites, the glasses he used to read, the Poem "Daddy Had To Go Off To War" on the left and an angel carrying one rose to place on his coffin as a final farewell.


 

The Cost Of Freedom
 
 
Do you ever stop to think                                 
For freedom there’s a cost?                             
Or about our troops who serve—                    
The dreams they may have lost?                       
 
Do you thank them for the fact             
Their lives are on the line,                                 
So that we can freely walk...                            
Our future life design.                                       
 
Do you know the pain they’ve felt        
Sense heartaches they’ve endured,                   
So the people back at home                             
Can feel safe and assured?                               
 
They sacrifice for freedom—                            
Don’t stop to count the cost                             
To keep Old Glory flying,                                
Not tattered, torn, or tossed.                            
 
So honor men and women                               
Who serve our country well;                            
Salute them when you see them            
And feel your proud heart swell            
 
For freedom isn’t easy                         
To gain and then to keep                                  
Freedom is a precious thing                            
And it is never cheap.                                      

Joy Hale
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Reviewed by Betty Cochran (Reader) 7/10/2011
This one touches my heart!
Reviewed by Karen Lynn Vidra, The Texas Tornado 6/30/2011
Wonderful writing, Joy; well done! God bless our military heroes, those who serve, have served, or are now marching to Heaven's Orders now! (Daughter of/sister of (2)/niece of/cousin of Veterans (ALL branches)!

(((HUGS))) and much love, your friend in Texas, Karen Lynn. :)
Reviewed by Michelle Kidwell Power In The Pen 6/30/2011
This is beautiful and so true
In Christs Love
Michelle~
Reviewed by Barbara Henry 5/31/2011
Joy-
This is a powerfully true and poignant tribute to all of our brave men and women who have made the ultimate sacrifice to keep this country and its people free.
I applaud your efforts to keep them,their efforts, uppermost in our minds,not JUST on Memorial Day,but hopefully throughout the year.
Continued success/
Barbara J. Henry
Reviewed by Regis Auffray 5/31/2011
Thank you for sharing this apt and timely write, Joy. Love and best wishes to you,

Regis
Reviewed by JMS Bell 5/30/2011
SO TRUE AND SOMETHING WE SHOULD ALL REFLECT ON AS WE ENJOY THE FREEDOM THAT THE MEMBERS OF OUR ARMED FORCES PAY SO DEARLY FOR. A TIMELY, WELL DONE WORK. THANKS FOR SHARING. LOVE, BLESSINGS & FAITH...JOYCE * HIS INSPIRATIONS
Reviewed by Gene Williamson 5/30/2011
Joy, what a moving tribute you've displayed to your father and
his service in WW2. As one who signed up for that war at age 17
and did his naval service in the Pacific, I am reminded today of
my shipmates, especially those we left behind. -gene.
Reviewed by Ronald Hull 5/30/2011
In 1941, my father was turned away for his disabilities–a ruptured eardrum and myopia with astigmatism. However, my uncles served. If called, I was ready to serve during my college years. However, after being paralyzed in surgery, my draft board labeled me unable.

When we think of freedom, we must think of freedom for everyone. There are many in this world who are not free, and war will not free them. Nonviolence is a much more powerful way to gain freedom than war.

We have lost much of our freedom the past decade. I was recently not allowed to take a day cruise (I've done it before) to Grand Bahama Island because the two forms of evidence of my birth in the United States was denied. We can't isolate ourselves and call it freedom.

Ron
Reviewed by Andy Turner 5/28/2011
Indeed there is a mighty cost. My father fought in WW2 and we lost family in the wars.
Thanks for this, my father wants me to get his nave things down and pass on his war memories.
Top tribute to your dad. You say this message perfectly.
In the lake next to where I live they've just recently exploded a UXB from WW2.
Reviewed by George Dominguez 5/27/2011
BEAUTIFUL TRIBUTE TO OUR SERVICEMEN AND VETS JOY. FOR THEY ARE OUR FREEDOM FIGHTERS. FREEDOM ALWAYS COME WITH A PRICE. THANK YOU FOR THE TRIBUTE I REMEMBERING THEM. GOD BLESS. GEORGE THE WISE OLD OWL.
Reviewed by Christine Tsen 5/27/2011
Wonderful poem, and I love the memorial display so unique and full of meaning. Important message in this as well!
Blessings,
Christine
Reviewed by Chantilly Lace (Reader) 5/27/2011
Very well done indeed sweet lady...Hugsss
Reviewed by Marjorie Baker (Reader) 5/27/2011
Thank you, Joy, for your tribute to the men and women who risk everything, even their lives, to protect and defend our beloved country! Having lived through WWII, seeing my husband, brother and many friends and loved ones join the fight for our freedom, I salute you for putting into words what many of us feel, but are unable to express. A job well done. Love, Marge
Reviewed by Laura Fall 5/27/2011
A tender and heartfelt write indeed Laura
Reviewed by Annabel Sheila 5/27/2011
Profound truth in your words, Joy. Every time I meet a soldier in uniform I say "thank you"....with a warm smile. They always say "you're welcome"....'nuff said......I've had uncles who fought in wars and I know their emotional scars run deep...I am forever thankful to all of our brave men and women who stand between us and opression!

Anna
Reviewed by Felix Perry 5/27/2011
Very well done as the son of a Canadian WWII vet who wrote a book about his fathers experiences I know we owe a depth to all freedom fighters everywhere for the price they pay.
fee
Reviewed by ANNA CLOUTIER (Reader) 5/27/2011
A LOVELY TRIBUTE TO YOUR DAD AND TO ALL THOSE THAT HAVE SERVED OUR BELOVED COUNTRY. YOUR WORDS WERE WRITTEN FROM THE DEPTHS OF YOUR HEART. ANNA
Reviewed by Vivian Dawson 5/26/2011
Worry looks around...sorry spends time looking back...but faith looks up to honor the red, white and blue of our flag, for the men and women who fight to make us free...and proud to be an American!

A fitting tribute to convey this, Lady Joy, who knows the cost.
Lady Vivian
Reviewed by George Carroll 5/26/2011
Seems we have given the wrong people the power to ignore those who serve and then belittle their sacrifices.
Reviewed by James Johnston 5/26/2011
Thank you, Joy, for reminding us of the cost of freedom. Have you seen this? "Look, it's an all volunteer force," Obama complained. "Nobody made these guys go to war. They had to have known and accepted the risks. Now they whine about bearing the costs of their choice? It doesn't compute.." "I thought these were people who were proud to sacrifice for their country, "Obama continued "I wasn't asking for blood, just money. With the country facing the worst financial crisis in its history, I'd have thought that the patriotic thing to do would be to try to help reduce the nation's deficit.. I guess I underestimated the selfishness of some of my fellow Americans."
Sorry if I overdid it but it seemed appropriate. Jim

Reviewed by Jerry Bolton (Reader) 5/26/2011
Unfortunately, Joy, far too many do not stop to think of the huge sacrifices that have been made to keep them free. What makes it worse is that so many also voted in a president who is slowly, but surely taking away our freedoms from within. God bless your father and his participation and survival of World War II. I had an uncle who was in the Bataan Death March. He came back home weighing ninety-seven pounds.



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