Freedom is not Free

by Ashley Persyn

There is a price we pay for freedom
For it is not truly free
But rather paid for by the contributions of veterans
To buy our liberty

As their blood drains from their body and runs like a river through the grass
Over the years it's forgotten, war is placed in our past
I don't think we all realize the importance veterans play
as they voluntarily serve America each and every day

We should honor the veterans for they act like a shield
Protecting us from danger, keeping America healed.
So if you would take a second to commemorate
You will instantly see
We owe veterans our gratitude

For they are the reason we are free

From the bottom of my heart, I want to thank all the veterans out there today for the price that they have paid so that my family may live in a free country.  A special thank you goes to my own father who has served in many conflicts during his 26 years in the United States Air Force.  Another special thank you goes to my husband who also served for 6 years in the Air Force.  And special thoughts go to my sister who is currently training with the Army.