Sunday, June 29, 2014

Freedom Don't Come Free

Greetings Friends & Happy Upcoming Fourth of July!!

This is my annual post that I wrote a few years back,
but I continue to repost it because for me...
it truly says it all.

"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'!


1 comment:

Margaret said...

What a far-reaching inaugural address by a great leader, your post is so moving, wish you all a great 4th of July!