As one who has been the minister, the reporter, the poet, the organizer, and the politician…
Though not the lawyer…
And as one who salutes the Flag, serves beneath the Flag, and will one day have my coffin draped by the Flag…
I echo the words, the meaning, and the honor symbolism of these hallowed thoughts from Charles M. Province…
On this Memorial Day, Let Us Never Forget…
It is the Soldier, not the minister
Who has given us freedom of religion.
It is the Soldier, not the reporter
Who has given us freedom of the press.
It is the Soldier, not the poet
Who has given us freedom of speech.
It is the Soldier, not the campus organizer
Who has given us freedom to protest.
It is the Soldier, not the lawyer
Who has given us the right to a fair trial.
It is the Soldier, not the politician
Who has given us the right to vote.
It is the Soldier who salutes the flag,
Who serves beneath the flag,
And whose coffin is draped by the flag,
Who allows the protester to burn the flag.
― Charles M Province
Three of my brothers are represented by these boots,
Have a wonderful Monday and a safe Memorial Day! Thanks for letting me share!
p.s. Take 13 minutes today to remember those who Stood to Defend.
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