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The Price of Freedom Isn’t Free

Posted on July 4 2010 4:00 pm
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As we all enjoy our Independence Day parades and fireworks shows (or fireworks in your own backyard here in South Carolina), please remember the men and women willing to sacrifice their own lives for our continued freedom. The video below should  serve to remind us of those who fight for peace, who sacrifice, unselfishly, and who often give up their lives or limbs or mental health so we can enjoy living in freedom.

It is an Independence Day tribute called “This Is For The Soldiers” from the amazing then 15 year old Lizzie Palmer, creator of the “Remember Me” video.

I am quite literally blubbering like an infant after watching the video (and re-watching Remember Me) at the thought of the brave souls in our armed forces, the greatest force for good that the world has ever known. Young adults,  giving up everything, including their very lives, for countless unknown strangers. I can never repay all that these brave men and women have given me and the country that I love.

I wish all my fellow Americans a wonderful Independence Day. Please do our brave soldiers proud and honor them as they fight for freedom around the globe. We can show the world that America is still that beacon of light, that bastion of freedom for all. Embrace the freedom that we have, even if that means the freedom to fail sometimes – and hold onto it tightly.

I also wish our British friends a Happy “We’re rid of those pesky Yanks” Day. Turned out for the best, no? Y’all instead gained a loyal friend and a fierce ally, as we did in you.

Happy Independence Day, All!

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