The photograph of a Marine holding a folded flag was found on Photobucket, posted by Conormacnessa.
The poem in the background is Freedom Is Not Free by Kelly Strong.
All digital scrapbook page using My Digital Studio from Stampin' Up!
National Moment of Remembrance at 3PM today, Memorial Day.
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.
I thought, how many men like him
Had fallen through the years?
How many died on foreign soil?
How many mothers' tears?
How many Pilots' planes shot down?
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 bugler play
And felt a sudden chill.
I wondered just how many times
That taps had meant "Amen"
When a flag had draped 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 a graveyard
at the bottom of the sea
Of unmarked graves in Arlington.
No, Freedom isn't free!!
Copyright 1981 by Kelly Strong
Date: Monday, May 30, 2011 GMT Views: 563
Registered: March 1, 2003 Location: Illinois Posts: 253
Mon, May 30, 2011 @ 5:20 PM
Thanks to each of you for the kinds words. I noticed after this was uploaded that for some reason, at least on my computer, the poem text on the background is totally blurry. It looks fine in My Digital Studio on my computer.