“Freedom is not free”
– Walter Hitchcock Col. USAF (Ret.)
In the early morning hours of April 19, 1775 eight members of the Massachusetts militia lay dead after a brief skirmish with British troops sent to destroy rebel armories rumored to be housed in Lexington and Concord. Although they were the first to fall in service to their country, they were not the last. In the 237 years since the founding of the Republic, over 1 million men and women have given their lives to protect the freedoms that define our nation.
From Tripoli to Belleau Wood, Iwo Jima and Normandy to Siagon, Baghdad and Kabul, Americans have made the ultimate sacrifice in service to our country. Every one of these fallen has been someone’s son or daughter, and the bravery and patriotism that characterized their actions must always be remembered. So this Monday, while you’re running to that sale at the mall or enjoying that family barbeque please take a moment to give thanks for those who have passed on to make these occasions possible. Freedom is not free, and that is why we remember.