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December 18, 2004

Cost of Freedom - Priceless!

Topics: Our Nation's Warriors in the war on terror

I found the folowing Christmas poem at BlackFive. I have it here in it's entirety for your convenience. The poem is written by the Proud Marine Mom of Lcpl Torrey L. Gray U.S.M.C., KIA April 11th, 2004 Fallujah, Iraq. It's the kind of poem that makes me feel a tug in my gut for getting to come home when so many of my fellow Marines have not. I think about them every Christmas, and for each one that passes I think about how very much we all owe them.

Freedom Isn't Free It's Priceless!

At Seventeen he stood ready, ready to answer the call.

The call to fight for freedom, freedom for us all....

I sent him off to boot camp, with a smile upon his face.
Innocent and eager, ready to make his place.
He suffered through the crucible, a long hard test I hear.
Was it really possible, A marine did now appear?

At Eighteen he stood ready, ready to answer the call.
The call to fight for freedom, freedom for us all....

To Iraq and back home again, I suffered through it all.
The endless nights of crying, waiting for that 3 a.m. call.
To hear his voice from faraway, through laughter he would say
"No more teardrop letters Mom, I'll make it through each day."

At Nineteen he stood ready, ready to answer the call.
The call to fight for freedom, freedom for us all....

Back to Iraq a second time, he went without hesitation.
This time though only God knew my son's final destination.
The laughter and the teardrops all blur together now.
I wish I could make sense of this, but I really don't know how.
No happy reunions, no hugs or snuggles from him,
For he is in a better place, and I'll carry on....for him.

So let us all remember and never forget,
Freedom isn't free and for those of us who've suffered its cost it's....Priceless!

Stand Strong America. Our colors don't run. Never have, Never will. Proud Marine Mom of ....
Lcpl Torrey L. Gray U.S.M.C. KIA
April 11th, 2004 Fallujah, Iraq "Once A Marine, Always A Marine" Semper Fi.

Also found at BlackFive is the link to the MP3 audio version (3.5MB) of "Merry Christmas, My Friend", titled "Soldier's Silent Night" - you can either stream it or right click and save as.  It's courtesy of WLIT's Melissa Forman (thanks to Sara B. for the link). There are comments associated with this piece and in gratitude to BlackFive for making it available I am not going to post it here but instead link you to BlackFive for more info.

To all our Soldiers, Sailors, Airman, and most particularly to my Marine brothers, God bless you and protect all of you, and know that we, your nation are grateful for your sacrifices. While we are at home for Christmas, you are risking your lives in battle. Know that we know it, and are grateful. To the Moms of our troops, God bless you and please know that we are all praying for your sons and daughters.

Posted by Hyscience at December 18, 2004 1:10 PM



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