They Died for Liberty

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These heroes are dead. They died for liberty – they died for us. They are at rest. They sleep in the land they made free, under the flag they rendered stainless, under the solemn pines, the sad hemlocks, the tearful willows, and the embracing vines. They sleep beneath the shadows of the clouds, careless alike of sunshine or of storm, each in the windowless Place of Rest. Earth may run red with other wars – they are at peace. In the midst of battle, in the roar of conflict, they found the serenity of death. I have one sentiment for soldiers living and dead: cheers for the living; tears for the dead. — Robert G. Ingersoll

9 thoughts on “They Died for Liberty

  1. I Loved this. I read the book that contained the story of the lady on the floor sleeping next to her late husband. People should know what families go through after losing a loved one to war. The picture is haunting.

    • Thanks for your comment honey. What’s the name of the book? I would like to add it to my list for summer reading. I wanted to post something about the survivors. When I saw the photo, it spoke to me. I’d like to write a fictional account of what I see, but I don’t know if I could do the true story justice. Happy Memorial Day sweetheart. And please, let me know the name of the book.

      Love, Renee

  2. For me, Memorial Day is also for those men and women who may not have given the ultimate sacrifice, but they sacrifice none the less. For me… my ex is military. If not for the war and all the deployments, maybe we wouldn’t have lost our marriage.
    Another example… my love, my Owner. He is an infantry veteran who made it home. He has scary, crazy dreams every night and goes to therapy for PTSD. He will never be as He was before the war.
    These men and women give all for us… sacrifice all.

    • Yes my love, you are exactly right. There are many that didn’t die, but part of them did. They will never be whole. We can’t fix them. We can only love them. And hope against hope that they will share with us their sadness. I feel your frustration, but know you love your Owner. He is good, even though he’s a little broken. War is horrible. It kills the spirit of the human too.

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