"For those who defend her, freedom has a flavor the defended will never know."
My father, served in WWII and displays this on a bumper sticker on his car. He also sometimes quotes it in the veteran's newsletters he writes. I'm not sure where the quote originated, but it has been repeated by active duty military and veterans alike.
Another version reads, "To have really lived, you must have almost died. To those who have fought for it, freedom has a flavor the protected will never know." ---- Scrawled on a bunker outside Khe Sahn, RVN.
As children in a military family, my brothers, sister and I were taught to appreciate the freedom we have in our country. We also learned that not all people are free to celebrate their beliefs and traditions as we are here in the USA.
Christmas for our soldiers abroad surely holds a personal meaning that most civilians won't ever know. They are putting it all on the line so we can continue to celebrate our beliefs and traditions in peace and safety. So, no matter what your political views or religious beliefs may be, please remember that feedom isn't free and that someone else pays the price for us.
Thanks to all our military for preserving our freedom to celebrate Christmas and the holiday season! May our soldiers overseas return home safely to their families and loved ones to enjoy future Christmas's to come!
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