The Price for Freedom-Video Thirteen: Amazing Grace/Amazing Images

“I would like to thank soldiers of past and present for their service and everything they have done. I don’t think we realize how much you boys have done.”

Our thirteenth video in this series features
“Amazing Grace/Amazing Images.”

Originally produced as a “Veterans Day” Salute, the only text in the video, other than the “thank you” which opens this introductions, are the words of a soldier, writing to his son:

As we continue to remember, to “NEVER FORGET,” that

“The price for this freedom has been high …”

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The Price for Freedom-Video Twelve-Andy Rooney on Memorial Day

“No official day is adequate for something like that …”

Our twelfth video in this series features Andy Rooney’s famous commentary on “Memorial Day.”

Andy Rooney was perhaps best known for his weekly broadcast “A Few Minutes with Andy Rooney,” which aired as part of the CBS News program “60 Minutes,” from 1978 to
2011. His final regular appearance on “60 Minutes” aired on October 2, 2011. He died one month later, on November 4, 2011, at age 92.

“I have more to remember on Memorial Day than most of you …”

Andy Rooney began his career in newspapers while in the Army when, in 1942, he began writing for “Stars and Stripes,” in London, during World War II.
In February 1943, he was flying with the Eighth Air Force, as a correspondent who flew on the second American bombing raid over Germany. He was the first journalist to reach the Ludendorff Bridge after the 9th Armored Division captured it on March 7, 1945.

Later, Andy Rooney was one of the first American journalists to visit the Nazi concentration camps, and one of the first to write about them.

For his service as a war correspondent in combat zones during the war, Rooney was decorated with the Bronze Star Medal (the Bronze Star), given for either heroic achievement, heroic service, meritorious achievement, or meritorious service in a
combat zone. He was also awarded the Air Medal, given for meritorious achievement while participating in aerial flight.

Andy Rooney’s “end-of-show” segment on 60 Minutes, “A Few Minutes with Andy Rooney” (originally “Three Minutes or So With Andy Rooney”), began in 1978, as a summer replacement for the debate segment “Point/Counterpoint.”

If you remember, Rooney was always seated behind a walnut table … his own table, which he had made himself.

Here’s Andy Rooney asking us to “consider what they did for us” …

Let us, also, now, continue to remember, to realize, that
“The price for this freedom has been high …”

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The Price for Freedom-Video Eleven

“Remembering our fallen heroes
Their family and friends who bear
The burdens of great sorrow and pain”

Our eleventh video in this series gives us another opportunity to remember, to honor, and to think about, those who served, and, that those who serve “are not forgotten.”

“Who kept the faith
And fought the fight;
The glory theirs,
The duty ours”
Wallace Bruce
From the poem, “Memorial Day”

Let us, also, now, continue to remember, to realize, that

“The price for this freedom has been high …”

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The Price for Freedom-Video Ten

“Mam … it’s about your husband … “

Our tenth video in the series will, painfully, longingly, remind us that the soldier’s thoughts are of home … those at home, are of the soldier … and, painfully, longingly, remind us that not all soldiers return home …

Yet, those at home … painfully, longingly, “never forget;” never forget the soldier …

Our tenth video in the series features this video from
Here’s a direct link to their website:

“Bless their hearts …”

Let us, now, remember, think aloud, that, “You are not forgotten.”

Let us, now, continue to remember, to “do everything we can,” to realize, that

“The price for this freedom has been high …”

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The Price for Freedom-Video Nine

“I don’t regret this life I chose for me …”

Boy, do I understand the opening dialog, as the reporter asks the little girl,
“If you had a wish today, what would you wish for?”
Her answer:
“That my dad would be here.”

” … All I want is nothing more …”

Our ninth video in the series features images which will, like the rest, bring tears … but, of a different nature … tears of joy…

As the song describes the feelings of a soldier, wishing, wanting nothing more, than to be home…
“I’m going home, back to the place where I belong …”

Enjoy these video clips of soldiers surprising their loved ones with an unexpected visit home.

I’ve watched many parts of this video multiple times, and I trust that you will do the same, as we continue to think about the freedoms we enjoy, and why…

“Our sons are doing what they need to do, to protect the country.”

And, that, most importantly,
“The price for this freedom has been high …”

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Ministry We Support: LOVEPACKAGES.ORG

We are proud to support the ministry and work of

Simply put, they receive, sort, warehouse, and then distribute Christian Literature to countries in need, all over the world. And, when we say Christian Literature, we mean every type of literature:

In their own words, from their website, here is their mission:
“A ministry aimed at putting Christian literature and Bibles into the hands of people around the world. Christians all across the USA – people just like you – send us Bibles, Sunday School materials, books, etc. We send them to ministries in many poor countries to distribute freely to people hungry for the Word of God. These are materials that would have sat collecting dust on shelves or been thrown away. Now it’s being used to reach souls for Christ, encourage and build up the Church, and the raising up and training of leaders to shine the light in dark places.”

How about that!

Here is a word from Steven J Schmidt, Founder & Director:
“We continue to send Christian literature to missionaries and Christian workers around the world. Statistics tell us that every piece of literature will be read by an average of 20 people. Each container has at least 1 million pieces so the potential is to reach 20 million every time we send a container.
We are thrilled that since the beginning of Love Packages in 1975, we have been able to send over 15,000 tons of literature. We have seen thousands of people saved, healed, and delivered as a result of this mission. Pastors and Sunday school teachers for the first time have materials to study and teach from.
Love Packages currently sends 20 foot ocean going containers to port cities around the world. These locations act as distribution points and have the capability to distribute these materials to thousands of churches overseas.”

One of the first question I had was this, and it was answered via their FAQ Page:
How can people overseas use English literature?
Not everyone can, but nations like Nigeria and Ghana have taught English in their schools for the past 35 years. In India, 25% of their population of 1.3 Billion people speak and read English.

Here is the basic criteria for items they will accept:
“We primarily have 2 criteria in deciding what material we accept: Something that will lead someone to faith in Christ and/or something that will disciple a believer.”

Here’s a “short-list” of items they will accept:
Bibles (new or used), Individual Gospel booklets, All tracts, dictionaries, bible dictionaries, concordances, commentaries, All Christian books, Any magazine from a Christian publisher, adult quarterlies and all teacher manuals in any amount from all publishers, children’s quarterlies if you have the teacher’s manual and full student manuals, Daily Devotionals, CD’s, DVD’s, BluRay’s (music, movies, teaching, etc.), and Puppets, Noah’s Ark, Bible games, Nativity sets, biblical puzzles (most anything that helps to present the gospel especially to children).

You can send your boxes to the address closest to you, and they request you send them 4th Class, Media Mail, through the US Postal Service:
220 Union Street
Butler, IL 62015
60-D South Mountain Drive
Decatur, AL 35603

Here’s a direct link to the Love Packages Website:

Here’s a brief history and overview from Founder, Steven J Schmidt:

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The Price for Freedom-Video Eight

How high the cost of our continuing freedom is!

Our eighth video in the series features bagpipes playing Amazing Grace, with images to remind us all, that

“The price for this freedom has been high … ”

This is one of the videos I discovered while researching Memorial Day.

There are no words I can add.

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