Freedom Isn’t Free
May 23, 2013
Memorial Day upon us, not only does it mark the kick-off of summer for most
East Alabama families, it is also our nation’s day to remember all the men and
women in uniform who bravely gave their lives for our freedoms.
American flags decorate cemeteries and line the
streets, and prayers are said to honor the fallen.
Generation after generation, our brave
men and women have answered the call to duty to help ensure all of our freedoms
Each time an enemy threatens our freedoms or attacks
innocent Americans, courageous men and women stand guard in harm’s way.
Our freedoms have been defended around
the globe. We cherish them and the blessings they bring.
As we continue to remember all those who have sacrificed
in our prayers, let’s not forget the cruel truth that “freedom isn’t free.”
As we pray for those brave soldiers we’ve lost, we
should also pray for those brave soldiers in uniform who are serving today and
their families they have left behind.
Just last week, our great state was happy to welcome
home Alabama Army National Guard’s 1/167th Infantry Battalion after their tour
in Afghanistan since June.
Also last week, actor Gary Sinise, better known as
‘Lieutenant Dan’ in the movie ‘Forrest Gump,’ held a concert in honor of Marine
Sergeant Ben Tomlinson of Jacksonville, who lost use of both of his legs while
he was serving. Money raised would help build him a more accessible home.
The sacrifice of our military and their families is
immeasurable, but especially when the ultimate sacrifice is paid.
Wreath-laying ceremonies will be held across our
nation and across East Alabama as we honor those who served. I urge each of us to lift up in prayer those
we’ve lost and their families while keeping those still serving in our thoughts
and prayers as well.
Brave Americans have given their
lives for our liberty – the same liberty we use to guide what government can
and cannot do. God Bless America and our Troops.
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