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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:
” … I LOVE YOU VERY MUCH AND MISS YOU SO MUCH, MY HEART HURTS.
AND I HOPE TO GET HOME TO YOU AND MOMMY SOON … AND DON’T FORGET ME.
LOVE ALWAYS,
DADDY”

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 moments.org.
Here’s a direct link to their website:
moments.org

“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 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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The Price for Freedom-Video Six

“The price for this freedom has been high …”

Our sixth video in the series was first aired during this year’s Super Bowl, and features Johnny Cash’s “Ragged Old Flag,” with an entirely new video background story, shot just for this Super Bowl 51 Pre-Game feature.

Interestingly, the game featured a team called “The Patriots.”

Once again, Fox Sports should be commended for providing a Patriotic feature before kick-off. We’ve written much about how often we would hear our National Anthem … if we didn’t watch sports. For the last several years, when it was “their turn” to broadcast the game, Fox Sports has paid honor to our Country,
and it’s Veterans, by providing such a feature as this.

We’ve just returned from Georgia, where Daddy was laid to rest, beside my Mother, and my Sister.

Just a few days ago … I was there as the Honor Guard placed the United States Flag on Daddy’s casket. I witnessed, in somber silence, as I stood, just a few feet away, as the 21-Gun Salute echoed through the North Georgia hills … So, too, I stood a few feet away as the Bugler played “Taps,” my memories fading into the trees with those mournful notes …
I was there when two members of the Guard reverently removed the United States Flag, folded it ever so carefully … so thoughtfully … so respectfully … and then, bowing down … the Captain of the Honor Guard gently placed the folded Flag into my oldest’s Sister’s hands, and then … I leaned in closely in order to hear the
spoken words … It was a deeply personal moment, and the words were spoken softly, personally, as he looked directly into my Sister’s tears:

“This flag is presented on behalf of a grateful nation as a token of appreciation for your loved one’s honorable and faithful service.”

I’ve never been so proud of “That Ragged Old Flag.”

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The Price for Freedom-Video Five

“Remembering our fallen heroes, their family and friends, who bear the burdens of  of great sorrow and pain.”

I discovered some of the videos in this series while I was researching for a “Memorial Day” video to share, so this is why the Memorial Day theme is prominent in some of  them.

Our original title for the series was “Memorial Day … Every Day.”

Our fifth video in the series features more images, some of them featured before, and some seen for the first time here. In either case, the images are to continue to remind us all that …

“The price for this freedom has been high …”

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