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I am free. I am free because a brave young man died in a stinking trench in the woods in Ardennes from a horrific mustard gas attack. I am free because a brave sailor still lies entombed in the Arizona. I am free because some brave 18 year old from a small town in Nebraska scared to death ran off a landing craft on the beaches of Normandy and did not make it ten yards before he was killed. I am free because a man under fed and under clothed against a ferocious Korean winter and faced overwhelming odds in the Inchon valley against communist forces and died there. I am free because a young man decided to obey his country's order to serve in a unpopular war and sit in a foxhole in a miserable jungle fighting a unseen enemy. Only to step on a booby trap and not come home to a country that did not respect he was there to begin with. I am free because men still to this day die in a desert to stop a facist religion intent on taking all that we believe in away from us. This is why i am free and this is why i will not forget today, tomorrow or any time i see the flag presented. This is why my only duty is too make sure my son understands the price that was paid so he too will not forget, because if we do we will cease to exist a free nation. God bless all who gave their life for me and the families that still live with their memories. Have A Safe Memorial Day! Rick