Category Archives: THE PRICE FOR FREEDOM

Posts and videos, from a variety of sources, to honor our Veterans, and to remind us all of what our Freedom cost.

In the Shadow of Lincoln: Gomer Pyle USMC-“The Impossible Dream”

Gomer Pyle-USMC aired on CBS from September 25, 1964, to May 2, 1969. The series was a spin-off of The Andy Griffith Show, and the show ran for a total of 150 half-hour episodes spanning over five seasons.

It starred Jim Nabors (6/12/June 12, 1930 – November 30, 2017) as Private First Class Gomer Pyle, and Frank Sutton (October 23, 1923 – June 28, 1974) as Gunnery Sergeant Vince Carter.

Jim Nabors was born and raised in Sylacauga, Alabama, and graduated from the University of Alabama. After graduating, he moved to New York City, where he worked as a typist for the United Nations. He would move to southern California because of his asthma, and was discovered by Andy Griffith while working at a Santa Monica nightclub.

Frank Sutton, from Clarksville, Tennessee, enlisted in the U.S. Army during World War II and served in the South Pacific, taking part in 14 assault landings. Sutton was a sergeant who served from 1943–1946 in the 293rd Joint Assault Signal Company. He was awarded the Bronze Star and Purple Heart. Interestingly, he had been medically rejected by the Marine Corps.

Of course, no writing would be complete without the mention of the voice of Jim Nabors, who would go on to record some 28 albums with that amazing baritone singing voice.
We share this performance of Jim Nabors singing the classic “”The Impossible Dream,” on stage in Washington, D.C., with the United States Marine Band. This episode, entitled “The Show Must Go On,” first aired on CBS on November 3, 1967.
The song was originally composed by Mitch Leigh, with lyrics written by Joe Darion.

NFL (No Flag Loyalty): Why Not Here in America? Why?

Why can’t we broadcast the National Anthem in America, but we can in other Countries?

I guess I really don’t understand.
I mean … I really don’t understand.
I just don’t understand.

When an NFL (No Flag Loyalty) game is played outside of the United States … as long as the game is being played “on foreign soil” (please understand the context) … then, the networks show the singing of the National Anthem. They broadcast it, live, as it happens.

If an NFL (No Flag Loyalty) game is played in America, in the United States, here at home … they refuse to show the Nation Anthem.

I’m not making this up.
I’m really not.

I can’t believe it, either.

I watched the NFL (No Flag Loyalty) game from London, last Sunday morning. It was a 9:30 kick off. The game was broadcast on network television. It was a regular-season game. It took place, “Live from Wembley Stadium” in London, England.

The network broadcast the National Anthem of both England and the United States. Showed it, both, live, as it happened on the field. The National Anthem. Live on broadcast, network TV. They showed it … right here in America.
Our National Anthem.

I don’t understand.
I mean … I really don’t.

The networks refuse … because it has to be a planned decision … to show our National Anthem when the game is played in the United States … yet, when we are in a foreign country … they make a really big deal of broadcasting our National Anthem …

I don’t understand.
I really don’t.

Please note that this is not a complaint of any kind against England, or any other Country. I love the UK, and I really do think it’s a great idea to play the games over there. And, in Mexico. And, anywhere else. I love our readers in these Countries, and, honestly, I think it’s great that we have so many readers in those countries. I have family who came from England. I just heard today from a reader “across the pond.” We love the UK, and our friends there.
Yes, I think it’s a great idea to sing the National Anthems of both Countries. A great sign of honor and respect.
I just don’t understand why we can show/broadcast the National Anthem in other Countries, but not here in America.

I can’t be the only one who doesn’t understand this.
Can I?

Once again, I must write that I love football … I was up, just last night … until Midnight … watching the football game. And, I am looking forward to a couple of games this weekend …
And, of course, on Monday Night.

Why can’t we broadcast the National Anthem in America, but we can in other Countries?

I particularly noticed this during last Sunday Night’s football game: You know how, later in the game, they will show highlights of the game so far? Like the team running out to the field, etc?
One of the highlights was the unfurling of the huge American Flag … it seemed to cover the entire field … Yet … they considered this a “highlight,” but refused to show the singing of our National Anthem. This was Football Night in “America.” Yet …

Don’t worry: I do notice, deftly tucked between beer and car commercials (think about those together) they always have a “Salute to our Troops.” Looks good. In fact, it looks great. Yet … they won’t broadcast our National Anthem?

Unless, of course, we are in another country.

I wonder how much money the NFL (No Flag Loyalty) makes on these games played in another Country?

I wonder … if not broadcasting our National Anthem, in games played in the United States … started to cost them money … would, then the NFL (No Flag Loyalty) suddenly become the most patriotic company on earth … if it started costing them money … I can hear it now …

“You’d better stand for our National Anthem!!!”
They would, suddenly, become proud of our Country … of the men and women who have given their lives for our freedom … for our men and women who still sacrifice today … they would … if the money was right … make a big deal of these heroes … at the right cost … they would suddenly love America enough to take a stand … to “make ‘em stand” …

Don’t they realize the great cost that has already been paid?
The great cost that has already been paid.
Yeah … I’ll stand …

Hey … maybe … if they start losing money … they may even start to broadcast our National Anthem in games played over here???

Last Sunday, I had stepped outside at the beginning of the football game.
I was not expecting to have the National Anthem broadcast.
Why would I?
I didn’t imagine it would be ok to show the singing of the National Anthem, especially since the game wasn’t played in America …

They broadcast the Anthem.

Carol came out “after it was over.” This must have been hard for the NFL (No Flag Loyalty) to take. I mean, they must have been forced to broadcast the Anthem, right? I mean, they don’t do it over here … Must have been a huge cost …

Carol reported that all of the players stood. For both Anthems. These guys … getting millions of dollars to play a game … probably had “all expenses paid” for this trip to London … these guys, all of them, actually stood …

Are you going to tell me there wasn’t an “official edict” that made sure they all stood?
What cost this must have cost.

I was dumbfounded.
I really was.
No, really.
The only thing I could think of was this question to ask Carol:
“Why can’t we broadcast the National Anthem in America, but we can in other Countries?”
Her answer was swift:
“Because of the way it would look.”

Because of the way it would look.
I could only think this thought, in response:
“Don’t they know how it looks to us?”

I watched the first Game of the World Series, from Fenway.
What do I remember most?
The players all lined up … and, the singing of the National Anthem.
James Taylor.

I don’t think Boston had to pay to have the Anthem broadcast.
I think MLB understands the tremendous cost that’s already been paid.

Blessings to you, and your family,
Richard. Vincent. Rose.

NFL (No Flag Loyalty): My Newest, Biggest Fear: “God Bless America”

Hi Friends:

Like most of you … “I never thought I’d see the day” when individuals, who make an incredible amount of money to play a game, to be allowed to “get rich and famous” by playing this game …
would not stand to honor the very Country which makes such a thing possible …
I also find it hard to believe this is still an issue …

While enjoying this year’s Major League Baseball All-Star Game … I got this wild idea … actually a wild thought … then a wild vision …

As I appreciated the pre-game ceremonies, in particular the honoring of the United States Medal of Honor recipients ….
And, then … when the game was halted in the seventh inning for “all to stand and honor America by the singing of ‘God Bless America’” … I got this vision …
What if?
What if:

What if … the NFL (No Flag Loyalty) decides, like Major League Baseball, to stop play (maybe at the beginning of the 4th Quarter?) for the singing of “God Bless America?”

Allow that to sink in for a moment:

What if the NFL (No Flag Loyalty) decides, like Major League Baseball, to stop play for the singing of “God Bless America.”

What would be the results?
Networks quickly cutting away for a few more beer commercials?
Would teams just go to the locker room at the end of the 3rd Quarter, and not come out until after the song is sung?

Are we getting to the point where the “stand for the Anthem” issue would be included in part of a player’s contract?

Did I just see a news blip (across the screen of ESPN network) that the “Anthem Issue” would be part of a new player agreement? Can this be?

To repeat two points we’ve made during this entire “controversy:”
If they don’t stand for our flag … Whose flag do they stand for?
If they don’t support our Veterans and Military … who’s Veterans and Military do they stand for?
If it’s not just about them … Why do they remove their helmets as they kneel?

Remember, “In honor and respect of our country, and the men and women who bravely serve to protect our freedoms, we ask that you please stand and remove your hats for the singing of our National Anthem …”
So, if it’s not just about them … why do they remove their helmets?
Who’s Flag, Veterans, and Military do they stand for?

Last year, after the “controversy,” it was painfully obvious that the networks purposely stopped airing the playing of the Nation Anthem, which was a staple, for example, on Thursday nights …

So, if the NFL (No Flag Loyalty) stadiums start singing “God Bless America” at, say, the beginning of the 4th quarter … do they also purposely not air that?

Would a solution be, to continue the appearance that the NFL (No Flag Loyalty) supports such a bold move … to have the performance of “God Bless America” during half-time?
That way, they’d be “off the hook;” the networks would simply not show the performance … just as they do now, for The Anthem.

I don’t know … why is it ok to show the Anthem during the Super Bowl, but not other games?  

I won’t change.
I can’t.
My Father-in-law was buried with full military honors.
The flag was draped across his coffin.
My Father was buried with full military honors.
The flag was draped across his coffin.
I received the “In Honor” Pin at his funeral, which I still proudly wear.
The last Funeral Service I attended was for a dear friend, who was a 20-year Veteran.
Full military honors.
The flag draped across his casket.

I’m free.
Because of them.
And, those like them.

Yeah … I’ll stand.

Are there things I believe are “wrong” in our country?
Are there things I believe need to be changed?
Are there things I should protest against?
I guess I’m doing that now.

I just don’t think that disrespecting our flag, our country, my Father-in-law, my Father, my good friend, and all those others who have served, and are serving now, is the way to do it.
However, I guess … if I did not respect our flag, if I did not respect our country, if I did not respect my Father-in-law, if I did not respect my Father, if I did not respect those who have served, and who serve now …
If there was another country I would stand for, if there was another military I would stand for, if there were other veterans I would stand for … then, I guess I would have to not stand, wouldn’t I?

Yes, it is a choice.
I get that.
My Father-in-Law had choices.
My Father had choices.
My close friend had a choice.
All those who have served, and still serve, also had choices.
I choose to honor their choices.

I’ll stand.
What other flag could I stand for?

I have to stand.
I’m an American.
An American citizen.

And, every day, I pray that God will bless America.
I can’t believe that I am here thinking … here in America … even thinking that I hope that someone will not … will not … suggest that the NFL (No Flag Loyalty) have a moment during a game to have a performance of “God Bless America.”
Can I really be thinking that here in America?
Land that I love?

Can you image the uproar if someone suggested such a thing?
Asking to sing, publicly at an NFL (No Flag Loyalty) game, “God Bless America?”
In the middle of a football game?
I mean … I guess it’s ok to sing this during a baseball game … but … to sing this during a football game???
Can you imagine??

Please … don’t suggest this!!!
I mean, if they feel this way about our flag … how would they react about God?
I mean, if it’s ok to disrespect our flag, our country, our military, including those who have died defending our freedom …

Well … you get the idea.

God HAS Blessed America.

Richard. Vincent. Rose.

Real Men/Real Brave: The Kind of Men Who Signed our Declaration of Independence

Real men.
Real brave.

56 men signed the Declaration of Independence.
What sort of men were these?
24 were judges and lawyers.
9 were farmers and plantation owners.
11 were merchants.
The remaining 12?
They were doctors, ministers, and politicians.

Personal note: “Politicians” were in the minority … Commonly, they are listed as the last “group.”
One, as you’ll discover, served in Congress without pay.

They were all educated … “men of means” … and, all knew that signing this document put their lives … their property … their “means” … in jeopardy …

These 56 men were willing to sacrifice everything … to insure our freedom.

Please hear the story of Thomas Nelson, Jr.
The Governor of Virginia.
He signed it.
Then, lived it.
I’m not sure when we started calling certain citizens, like politicians and judges, “honorable,” or adding “The Honorable” to their titles, but … please hear the story of Virginia Governor Thomas Nelson, Jr …
The Honorable Thomas Nelson, Jr.

At the end is a full list of all 56 signers.
56 men.
Real men.
Real brave.
Real heroes.
Real Americans.
Real statesmen.
United Statesmen.

Produced by “Clear Glass Productions.”

“I am thankful to have this time … not to look at what we’ve become … but, to look back at what we were …”
Richard. Vincent. Rose.

Paul Harvey: The Signers of the Declaration of Independence

“The price for this freedom has been high … but we have never been unwilling to pay that price … We must realize that no arsenal, or no weapon in the arsenals of the world, is so formidable as the will and moral courage of free men and women …”
President Ronald Reagan

“I, Paul Harvey, do herewith bequeath unto you, something to remember.You may not be able to quote one line from the Declaration of Independence … henceforth, you’ll always be able to quote at least one line …
These men … they considered liberty more important than security … they pledged their lives, their fortunes, and their sacred honor … and they fulfilled their pledge … they paid the price …”


The Price for Freedom-Video Sixteen

For the moment, as we look ahead to Veterans Day, we conclude this series, the same way we began:
Featuring a Memorial Day speech from President Ronald Reagan, which supplied our banner for the series:

“The price for this freedom has been high … but we have never been unwilling to pay that price.”

Now, we feature the same speech, with new video background.
But, the words still ring true.

Here’s what we wrote, back in June, as we began this series:

Just think of all the freedoms we enjoy … every day …
We should pause … every day … to think about … to remember … to appreciate … to honor …
to pay our deepest respect and gratitude … To carefully consider …

What this freedom cost.

Included in the speech was an emotional reading of “The Pledge,” sometimes called “The Warriors Pledge” or “The Soldiers Pledge,” which was discovered in the diary of fallen soldier Martin A. Treptow.
Here is the exact text, written on the flyleaf of the
young soldier’s diary:

My Pledge
America must win this war
I will work
I will save
I will sacrifice
I will endure
I will fight cheerfully
and do my utmost
as if the issue of the whole struggle
depended on me alone.

“We must realize that no arsenal, or no weapon in the arsenals of the world, is so formidable as the will and moral courage of free men and women … It is a weapon that we as Americans do have … Let that be understood by those who practice terrorism, and prey
upon their neighbors … They will be reminded that peace is the highest aspiration of  the American people. We will negotiate for it … sacrifice for it … We will not surrender for it … Now or ever …
We are Americans”
President Ronald Reagan


The Price for Freedom-Video Fifteen-Andy Rooney “Where Have the Heroes Gone?”

“I was a reporter for ‘The Stars and Stripes’, and I saw a lot of heroes …”

Our fifteenth video in this series features Any Rooney, who would conclude this “Few Minutes” segment on “Sixty Minutes” with this statement:

“War is civilization at its worst, and it’s a strange twist that there’s more heroism at war than at any other time. Men do things for each other at war, that they’d never think of doing for each other in peace. Why is that?”

As we remembered in our first video featuring Mr. Rooney, Andy Rooney began his career in newspapers while in the Army during World War II. He would be one of the first American journalists to visit the Nazi concentration camps, and one of the first to write about them.

Indeed, he knows of what he speaks:
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.

As we continue to remember real heroes, let us also continue to remember the price paid for our freedom, and that

“The price for this freedom has been high …”