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The Price for Freedom-Video Seven

“I just served as best I could.”

For the freedoms we enjoy,
“Thank you.”

“The price for this freedom has been high …”

For all who served,
“Thank you for your service.”

For all of us who understand the great sacrifices made,
“Thank you for your support.”

Our seventh video in the series features this video from moments.org.
Here’s a direct link to their website:
http://moments.org/

When I worked for a large retail store, a young man who worked in the same department was a recent Veteran of the War in the Middle East. Without exception, when he realized that a customer was a Veteran, he would reach out his hand, and, simply say, “Thank you for your service.” This young man went on to pursue public office, and I’ll never forget that hand reaching out, the handshake, and those words:
“Thank you for your service.”

 

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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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“The Price for Freedom”-Video Four

Our fourth video in the series features the beautiful, so soulful, voice of Sarah McLachlan, singing “In the Arms of an Angel,” with images …
Here’s a link to Sarah’s official website:
Sarah McLachlan’s Website

I just can’t find the words to write, to go with these images … because … there are just no words that can …

Images to remind us all that …

“The price for this freedom has been high …”

 

 

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“The Price for Freedom”-Video Three

“Some people sure have short memories, and those who are too young to know, need to be taught …
I fought for you.”

“And I’d do it again.”

Our third video is available for download from the ministry website “sermonspice.com” @
http://www.sermonspice.com/search?q=I+fought+for+yoo

We continue “To salute the brave men and women who have sacrificed so much for our freedom.”

More information is included at the end of the video.

“The price for this freedom has been high …”

 

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“The Price for Freedom”-Video Two

“The price that our freedom demanded, didn’t allow you to come back.”

Our second video features Amazing Grace on bagpipes, the playing of Taps, and a 21-Gun Salute … and the images … the images so hard to imagine …

“… When someone is remembered … they continue to live on in the hearts of those they made impressions upon.”

I promise you that many of these images, many of which I saw here for the first time, I can’t get out of my mind … nor can I forget … nor do I want to forget.

“The price for this freedom has been high …”

 

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“The Price for Freedom”-Video One

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.

We begin a new video series entitled
“The Price for Freedom.”

We will feature videos from a variety of sources, and will attempt to give every credit for their source.

Our first video features a Memorial Day speech from President Ronald Reagan, supplying our banner for the series:

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

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
Therefore
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