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"Freedom is not Free"

I watched the flag pass by one day
It fluttered in the breeze
A young Marine saluted it
And then, he stood at ease

I looked at him in uniform
So young, so tall, so proud;;
With hair cut square and eyes alert
He'd stand out in any crowd

How many pilots' planes shot down?
How many died at sea?
How many foxholes were soldiers' graves?
No, freedom is not free.

I heard the sound of taps one night,
When everything was still.
I listened to the buglar play,
And felt a sudden chill.

I wondered just how many times,
That taps had meant "Amen."
When a flag had covered a coffin,
Of a brother or a friend.

I thought of all the children,
Of the mothers and the wives,
Of fathers, sons, and husbands,
With interrupted lives.
I thought about the graveyard,
At the bottom of the sea,
Of unmarked graves in Arlington,
No, freedom is not free.

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James B. Bell
Robert Bell
Vereen McNeill Bell
Jerry Bentley
Leslie M. Bonner
John P. Butler
S. P. Cain, Jr.
William L. Carter
Pryor D. Collins
Emory E. Cone
Clifton W. Donaldson
Thomas W. Donaldson
Bryon W. Durham
Elisah Franklin
Earl Gainous
Anderson Harper
Carl R. Harrell
James W. Herring
Ander Humphries
Francis L. Jones
Howard Kinchen
Hugh A. Lawrence
James E. Lowe
Quitman C. Lyons
Ralph L. Massey
Robert L. McGill
Russell Merrit
William H. Mitchell
Donald L. Nazworth
Herbert E. Norman
Earl Oates
Paul E. Oates
Wayne E. Owens
George C. Peacock
John d. Pelham
Jacob Reddick
Leroy R. Richter
Robert A. Ross
J. E. Sanders
Charles Sherwood
Johnny L. Singletary
Elmer Streiterberger
Warren H. Trulock
Norman M. Walsh
Thomas M. Wight
Trafford Williams
Charles Womble

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