A Question Of Freedom

     Memorial Day weekend is here. What does that mean to you? Time off from work, food, fun and family get-togethers? Maybe a trip to the cottage or the beach? But whatever you decide to do this weekend, please take just a few seconds to remember those who made all of those things possible in a free society. So when you remember your loved ones this weekend, please say a small prayer of gratitude for the givers, the keepers and the defenders of God‘s gift of Freedom.

In memory of those who made the ultimate sacrifice, May they rest in peace.


In Everlasting Memory


A Question Of Freedom

 “Daddy?” she asked,

in bed, all snuggled and warm,

daddy what is freedom,

and where does it come from?”


Her father, a veteran,

knew all of the truths,

but, how could he tell her,

of so many lost youths?


How, could he speak,

of the blood and the gore,

of the heroes and patriots,

of now and before?


Would she understand,

what their sacrifice meant,

and how, oh so many,

still remain, where they went?


So we here at home,

can sleep safely, at night.

For freedom’s not given,

though it is every man’s right!


But, he just looked at his daughter,

and smiled with a nod,

and then he told her this truth.

It’s a blessing, from God.”


Jack Downing

May 2012

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5 Responses to A Question Of Freedom

  1. Sally says:

    But with such a price!!

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  3. There’s no doubt that traditional observances of Memorial Day have diminished over the years. Because it’s a yearly three-day weekend, the Memorial Day holiday has taken on the distinction of being the hallmark beginning of summer, and it’s often a weekend full of family reunions, picnics, and barbecues.

    • Memorial Day (weekend) indeed has become a celebratory holiday rather than a solemn day of remembrance. But we cannot forget the sacrifices made by the men and women who have served and died for the cause of freedom. Thank you for your comment, please visit again soon..

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