May We Never Forget That Freedom Isn’t Free

Memorial Day commemorates all men and women who have died in military service for the U.S. defending our freedom and democracy. A day set aside to honor those men and women who made the ultimate sacrifice for our country.

“Those who have long enjoyed such privileges as we enjoy forget in time that men have died to win them.”

– Franklin D. Roosevelt

“A hero is someone who has given his or her life to something bigger than oneself.”

– Joseph Campbell

“Our flag does not fly because the wind moves it. It flies with the last breath of each soldier who died protecting it.”

– Unknown

“Patriotism is not short, frenzied outbursts of emotion, but the tranquil and steady dedication of a lifetime.”

– Adlai Stevenson II

“Each of the patriots whom we remember on this day was first a beloved son or daughter, a brother or sister, or a spouse, friend, and neighbor.”  – George H. W. Bush

However you celebrate this Memorial Day, take some time to recognize, reflect, and remember how fortunate we are to live in freedom.

May we never forget that freedom isn’t free.


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  47 comments for “May We Never Forget That Freedom Isn’t Free

  1. Gail
    May 27, 2019 at 6:25 am

    Thank you for posting about the true meaning of Memorial Day. Their sacrifice (and their families’) should be remembered

  2. Jenny Gebhardt
    May 27, 2019 at 6:57 am

    Beautiful post. Thank you and amen!

  3. Sally Biondo
    May 27, 2019 at 7:26 am

    Heartfelt ❤️ post, Mary. I love our beautiful flag!🇺🇸 Thank you.

  4. Linda
    May 27, 2019 at 7:50 am

    Happy Memorial Day. Thank you for remembering the real reason for this holiday. God bless those who have served and paid the ultimate price.

  5. Mary anne Mcwhirter
    May 27, 2019 at 8:00 am

    You are an amazing woman who inspires so many of us each day. Thank you for stopping today to honor all of those who have passed so that we might have our freedom

  6. Susan H Whetstine
    May 27, 2019 at 8:08 am

    Thank you for your tribute to those who have fought and continue to fight for our Freedom!!

  7. Karen
    May 27, 2019 at 8:10 am

    God Bless all those that died for our freedom. Beautiful post!!!

  8. Michelle
    May 27, 2019 at 8:20 am

    Nice tribute to our service men and women who have served and are still serving!🇺🇸🇺🇸🇺🇸God Bless America! May we never forget!🇺🇸🇺🇸🇺🇸

  9. Michelle
    May 27, 2019 at 8:23 am

    Thank you Mary for a fine tribute to our men and women who have served and are still serving! God Bless America!🇺🇸🇺🇸

  10. May 27, 2019 at 8:31 am

    Amen, Mary!!

  11. May 27, 2019 at 8:44 am

    Thank you for the perfect reflection, enjoy your holiday.

  12. susan
    May 27, 2019 at 8:49 am

    Thank You.

  13. May 27, 2019 at 8:52 am

    I loved your tribute today, Mary, and the quotes brought tears to my eyes. My grandson, who is my oldest grandchild, will be graduating from high school this Friday, has signed up to be a Marine, and has been training this past year. He has a passion for the Marines!

  14. May 27, 2019 at 8:57 am

    Thank you for being one of the few bloggers who commemorate the day .

  15. Pat
    May 27, 2019 at 9:21 am

    As a spouse of a deceased retired Air Forrce NCO I want to thank you for this memorable post today. I am in awe of the time and thought you always put in each of your entries! Thank you SO MUCH!

  16. Jane Teague
    May 27, 2019 at 9:25 am

    This is a thoughtful and loving post. Thank you, Mary!

  17. Cyndi Raines
    May 27, 2019 at 9:45 am

    🏅A gold medal to you Mary! What a beautiful, patriotic, loving post to honor those who gave their all and how special to honor them and their families. We are so thankful for our freedom. Coming from a daughter of a WWII Vet and having brothers and a husband who served during the Viet Nam era, thank you for your tribute to those who have passed and to those still with us. ♥️🇺🇸♥️🇺🇸

  18. Janet Robinson
    May 27, 2019 at 9:47 am

    Beautiful Mary! Thank you.

  19. May 27, 2019 at 10:19 am

    We shall never forget ❤️🇺🇸💙

  20. Courtney
    May 27, 2019 at 10:27 am

    Such a beautiful post. Our soldier died this past Monday from an accidental overdose; He never completely recovered from the pain he felt from his time in Iraq. He loved this country and was proud to be a Marine.

    • May 27, 2019 at 10:38 am

      Oh Courtney…how tragic. I’m so sorry for your loss. Thoughts and prayers for you and your family.💙❤️🇺🇸

    • May 27, 2019 at 11:22 am

      Courtney, I am so sorry to hear this… my heartfelt thoughts and prayers to you and yours.

    • Sue
      May 27, 2019 at 12:52 pm

      Our hearts and prayers are with you and your family, and a deep gratitude for your soldier and all that he did for us. God bless you and your family 🇺🇸💖🇺🇸

      • Claire
        May 28, 2019 at 1:51 pm

        Courtney, so sorry to hear about y’all’s son. Our prayers are with y’all and hope you know how much we appreciate what he did and went through. God bless y;all

  21. Sadie
    May 27, 2019 at 10:35 am

    Thank You for this beautiful post and for being a person of integrity.

  22. Janet
    May 27, 2019 at 10:37 am

    Such a beautiful and thoughtful post! Thank you for your patriotism and for honoring those who gave us our freedom. You have brought tears to my eyes today. My husband was in the Marines and served in Vietnam. His twin brother served as well, but unfortunately was killed in combat. So today is very important to my husband and this post will certainly mean a lot to him. Thank you again for the time spent on gathering the beautiful images and quotes. You are the best!

  23. May 27, 2019 at 10:42 am

    How beautiful. It made me cry. God Bless America.

  24. Cathy Higgins
    May 27, 2019 at 10:47 am

    Beautiful pictures and the messages within. Mary thank you once again

  25. Sue
    May 27, 2019 at 10:59 am

    Thank you Mary and prayers for peace and comfort to you, Courtney, and your family.

  26. May 27, 2019 at 11:21 am

    We will always be thankful! Beautiful post! ❤️🇺🇸💙

  27. May 27, 2019 at 11:51 am

    Amen, sister! Beautiful pictures, too. Thank you.

    Hope your holiday weekend has been wonderful.

  28. Tina
    May 27, 2019 at 12:07 pm

    Thank you for your most beautiful post yet! God bless our soldiers, and their families, and God bless America!

  29. May 27, 2019 at 12:17 pm

    Beautiful! May GOD whisper to ever citizen, and remind them that our country and it’s foundation is a wonderful concept and shouldn’t be tampered with, nor be taken advantaged.Freedom isn’t a guarantee. I am grateful for all service personnel who gave their lives defending this amazing country.God Bless the United States.

  30. May 27, 2019 at 12:34 pm

    Beautiful post, Mary! I was just looking through my photos to select one to post for today. I like the quotes you selected, and of course your photos of your flags fills my heart with gratitude.

  31. Sue
    May 27, 2019 at 12:54 pm

    So beautiful; so touching, thank you Mary.

  32. Nancy Brantley
    May 27, 2019 at 1:53 pm

    Thank you for reminding us what Memorial Day is about!! FREEDOM IS NOT FREE! We need to remember this everyday and live thankful! WE ARE SO BLESSED! I’m blessed to have my husband who proudly served in Vietnam! GOD BLESS AMERICA!!

  33. Marion
    May 27, 2019 at 2:39 pm

    Thank You Mary for this beautiful post. Never to be forgotten.
    Marilyn,Joan and Marion

  34. May 27, 2019 at 3:58 pm

    I’ve been more reflective this year than most Mary… Love those vertical flags at the waters edge. Wishing you a very nice Memorial Day:@)

  35. Sue
    May 27, 2019 at 7:12 pm

    I have a brother-in-law, Sgt. Major Sean Spatar, Camp Johnson, who just retired from the Marines after 26 years of serving our country; thank you for the meaningful quotes.

  36. Char
    May 27, 2019 at 9:11 pm

    Thank you for the memorable quotes to celebrate this Memorial Day. My Dad was a Marine in WWII and my husband served in the Army in Viet Nam. Both came home safely but still remember their buddies who never came home. God Bless America!

  37. Shirley Graham
    May 27, 2019 at 10:01 pm

    Thank you so much for your pictures and thoughts. We sometimes forget just what the holiday is about. Two of my brothers were in WWII, one in Medical Corp and one in Air Force. The youngest was in the Korean war and the second served again in Air Force. We were so fortunate to have them all return as some of our neighbors and their friends didn’t. I remember having stars in the windows of my parents farm house signifying my brothers service. May our flag always fly

  38. Brenda McCrary
    May 28, 2019 at 9:50 am

    LOVE this post! Got me a little choked up with emotion. Thank you so much!

  39. Claire
    May 28, 2019 at 1:57 pm

    Mary, thanks for a wonderful post. My dad and so many others in our family fought in all the wars since WWI. Nothing like growing in a military family and knowing how much the service of theses men and women cost, not just them, but the rest of their family members. Prayers for everyone and God bless you for taking the time to do this post. It’ means a lot

  40. May 28, 2019 at 7:54 pm

    Thank you Mary, it is so important that we remember this not only on Memorial Day, but every day…🇺🇸

  41. Bridget
    May 29, 2019 at 7:11 am

    Thank you for this beautiful post

  42. Linda Hovgaard
    May 29, 2019 at 1:12 pm

    A huge heartfelt THANK YOU for all that have served this country! Thank you for our freedom and thank you God for them! And thank you Mary for the beautiful post!

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