Freedom Isn’t Free

May 23, 2013

With 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 are protected.

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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