Thursday, July 1, 2010

freedom don't come free

{listen too...}
"Let the world go forth from this time and place, to friend and foe alike,
that the torch has been passed to a new generation of Americans,




born in this century, tempered by war, disciplined by a hard and bitter peace,



unwilling to witness or permit the slow undoing of those human rights to which this nation has always been committed, and to which we are committed today at home and around the world.



Let every nation know, whether it wishes us well or ill, that we shall pay any price, bear any burden, meet any hardship,



support any friend, oppose any foe to assure the survival and success of liberty. This much we pledge and more."



"to those nations who would make themselves our adversary,



we offer not a pledge but a request that both sides begin anew the quest for peace..."




"Since this country was founded, each generation of Americans has been summoned to give testimony to its national loyalty.



Now the trumpet summons us again, not as a call to bear arms, though arms we need, not as a call to battle, though embattled we are,



but a call to bear the burden of a long twilight struggle year in and year out, “rejoicing in hope, patient in tribulation”,



a struggle against the common enemies of man: tyranny, poverty, disease, and war itself.




And so my fellow Americans, ask not what your country can do for you, ask what you can do for your country.



My fellow citizens of the world, ask not what America can do for you, but what together we can do for the freedom of man."

John F Kennedy's Inaugural Address
January 20, 1961

Have a Happy 4th of July my Sweet Friends!

And when the words 'Thank You' don't begin to express my feelings of pride & honor & gratitude towards our American Hero's,
when I am at a loss for words & can find nothing else to say,
I am always mindful that...

'Freedom Don't Come Free'!
XOXO

21 comments:

Itch2stitch.com said...

Hello! Thank you for visiting me at my blog! Of course I am not an American, but I do believe in the world pulling together, working together for a better future. Caring for each other. Great post. Happy 4th July to you! Suzie xxx

Linda in New Mexico said...

Great posting. Liberty is costly. Superb words for this 4th. Thanks so much. Happy 4th of July to you as well.

Gail said...

O.K. fine,
Now you've gone and made me cry! But in a good way...thanks for a lovely post and Happy 4th of July to you and yours!!!!

Andrea said...

Thanks for this post!!

Beach House Living said...

Beautifully done. Last evening I finally saw my father for father's day. He gave me the most wonderful treasure ...the pull handle from his emergency parachute. He was badly injured; recovered and went on to be wounded in combat more then once...I'm a very proud daughter.

Stormy said...

Beautiful post ♥

Dianne said...

Well said... Hope you have a peaceful holiday surrounded by loved ones...

Nancy Maxwell James said...

what a beautiful post and thank you for honoring our troops! I feel especially blessed because my son is now home in Michigan after serving for over 4 years in the Army (one 13 month tour in Iraq). I still cry for all our troops and posts like this really move me. Bless our troops and all the sacrifices they make. Have a wonderful 4th of July!

Alice said...

Thanks for a beautiful post! There is a lump in my throat and tears ready to spill out. It always happens when I see what these soldiers are willing to do for their country. If that doesn't make you proud, I don't know what would.

suesueb said...

Absolutely beautiful! Happy, safe Fourth to you!!

Susan deGeneres said...

Thank you for this post with its poignant photos (the first one with the kitten brought a lump to my throat that grew with each successive picture) and for reminding us of the words of JFK, they have never been more true. Happy Independence Day.
Susan

Debby said...

What a beautiful post with some true sentiments. Thanks for following my blog. You have a wonderful blog and I will follow you as well.

Andrea said...

Susie, Yes I love the font! In fact, your posting on your blog about the font started it for me. Thanks!!!

Lynn Richards said...

Beautiful, my friend. Thank you for such a post as this..
xoxo
lynn

Cindy said...

Susie, what a touching post and a wonderful tribute to the members of the military, especially those overseas in harm's way this weekend. You always find the most poignant photos and words to share with us!

craftymarta said...

Thanks for sharing such a beautiful post. May all of us never forget or take for granted the sacrifices of our heroes. Blessings, Marta.

Juls~ said...

Susie,

Thank you for the inspiring, beautiful post honoring our armed forces. Let's all pray for peace and their safe return home.

Saluting All Our American Soldiers...

Love,

Julie

Ginger@cottageonrosewood said...

BEAUTIFUL...thank you for sharing!

Linda said...

A simply amazing post. I am proud to be an American and proud of the men and women fighting for our country.

Katsui Jewelry said...

Susie,
So powerful. You know, I didn't even recognize the words until I got to the end...and that was my era.
Thank you for helping me think, dear woman!
Hugs,
Suz

~mel said...

What a beautiful tribute to all the Americans who give and give and give!