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To those who served our country

I thank you for

Our freedom from harm
from opposing forces,
Our freedom to speak freely
of our views and religion,
Our freedom of choice–
how we live our lives.

We see what it cost you…
separation from families,
compromised living conditions,
time breaks in careers,
jaded memories, distress,
and life-time health concerns.

I thank you for

The gift of freedom with a
price few are willing to pay.