My humble tribute to my Brit friends and to all American soldiers past, present and future, on this 4th of July.
Read this A sad farewell to one of the family of the "Chosen men of the Jackets of Green"
It is the soldier, not the reporter, Who preserves the freedom of the press,
And it is the soldier, not the poet, who protects our freedom of speech,
It is the soldier, not the campus organiser, Who puts his life on the line, To give others the freedom to demonstrate,
And it is the soldier, Who salutes the flag, Who serves beneath the flag, And whose coffin is draped by the flag, Who protects the protesters right To burn the flag.
Freedom is NEVER free!
Read this Last post for a great hero!
Oh! I have slipped the surly bonds of earth
And danced the skies on laughter-silvered wings;
Sunward I've climbed, and joined the tumbling mirth
Of sun-split clouds - and done a hundred things You have not dreamed of -
wheeled and soared and swung High in the sunlit silence.
Hov'ring thereI've chased the shouting wind along, and flung My eager craft through footless halls of air.
Up, up the long delirious, burning blue, I've topped the windswept heights with easy grace
Where never lark, or even eagle flew -And, while with silent lifting mind I've trod
The high untresspassed sanctity of space,
Put out my hand and touched the face of God.
Pilot Officer Gillespie Magee No 412 Squadron, RCAF Killed 11 December 1941
"People sleep peaceably in their beds at night because rough men stand ready to do violence on their behalf"