I walk through the graveyard. I know not to run. It's a perfect sunny day, but it sure doesn't
feel like one. It's Memorial Day, and I am here to pay tribute to all of the brave men and women
who have died for me. For my freedom. They have fought to make sure that we and no one else can
control how we live. I stop at each grave, reading what was inscribed on the stone. What their names were.
What rank they were. How long each of them lived. I lay the symbol of freedom, the flag of America, along
with some flowers on each stone, thinking about each person, and honoring their memory because they died
for this generation. So we all could be free. I myself am a military family, and it's heart breaking every
time I see my dad go, knowing that he could come back badly injured, or never make it back at all. I think
about how the families of these people, lying underground, completely still, feel. Do they feel sad? Mad?
They may feel sad, but they know that their family member died for our country. I have not experienced this
feeling, but I have to feel sorry for the people who have. They have paid the costs of freedom.
One of these costs is deployment. Deployment is when some military members go away for who knows
how long to another state or country because they are needed there. I have had deployment happen to my
family many times. My dad has been gone for 22 months total. It's hard when one of your parents is gone.
Believe me, I know. The other parent must take on all responsibility, and sometimes it may be hard for him
or her to take are of the whole family all by himself or herself. It can be hard on kids too. Sometimes you
want your parents and nothing can replace them. And when you go to bed at night, you think about where they
are, what they are doing, are they hurt, and how long until they come back. I have felt like this many times,
and some times it leaves me in tears. I just want my dad, and I want him now. Deployment is one of the many
costs of freedom.
Another of the many costs of freedom is that military families have to move a lot. Sure, some things
may be good, like sightseeing and all that, but you have to give up so much! Your friends, your
neighbor, your house, sometimes your car, and all of the familiarity of the current base you
live on. Just to go to a strange new place where you don’t know anyone! Sometimes you don't
even know why your parent is needed there! They’ve survived before without your mom or dad doing
something for them! Why are they needed now, after all that you’ve been through at your old home?
Moving isn't a terrible cost, but it’s still a cost of freedom.
While these are difficult challenges, dying, in my opinion, is the most you could ever do for your
country. If you fall in combat, at least you have fallen in honor of America. Although nothing will replace
their losses, those brave warriors have courageously fought for our country. In addition to grieving for them
when they pass on, the U.S. military honors these warriors after they have fallen in battle with the Purple
Heart. These unselfish people have worked, fought, and lost their lives for our country. Dying for your
country is the ultimate cost of freedom.
As I continue through the military graveyard, seeing the graves of all the dead soldiers, airmen, marines,
sailors, and guardsmen, I realize that people need to know something. Freedom is not free. It is not
something to be given. It is something to be earned. These fearless warriors have earned our freedom for
us. We must let people know that they can’t take this privilege lightly. They can't just have all this
freedom and sit there and do nothing. Even if they can’t fight, they can still honor those who have. They
can still think about all the people who have risked and lost their lives for freedom, and at the very least
send a silent "thank you". We all can and will appreciate those who have been in many wars and have
dedicated their lives to protecting our freedom, because this is the time to honor those
dead fighters. This is Memorial Day.
Have you ever loved something so much that you would do anything to keep it, even die for it?
Many men and women risk their lives everyday to protect what they love, the United states of America.
America's troops risk their lives and make many sacrifices for the U.S.A. These heroes can lose out on
events such as missing their child's birth and even risk coming home without a limb.
Our troops work very hard to pay the cost of freedom.
Hero. When I hear that word, I, like many of you, think of Batman and Superman, but who ever said that
all heroes have to wear capes? After reality kicks in, you'll realize that there are not men in blue
tights and red capes to come save the day. Instead there are men and women in military uniforms
and combat boots ready to defend our country. The military does have weapons, outfits, and technology,
but that does not make them heroes. You can have all of these things, but you will still need
something more: heart. It takes a lot of heart and courage to be willing to go into a combat zone
overseas and fight. Some people may believe it is not true, but it is: NO HEART equals NO HERO.
Imagine meeting your newborn baby for the first time on a screen through a video chat. Its small, fragile
body is sleeping a million miles away from you. You don't know if your child will know who you are when you
get home. There are others who do not get a chance to meet their child at all. We remember that
these soldiers were not putting their family second in their lives. They were probably putting them
first by giving them a safer future.
What would you do if every time you looked down at your arm or leg and it was not there or was replaced
by a prosthetic? Military troops can suffer from this kind of loss. It is a heart-breaking sight and an
even more heart-breaking story. It takes courage I can't even begin to imagine.
What is the cost of freedom? It is to have to build heart and courage to become a hero?
It is missing your children uncontrollably. It is about heart-breaking stories that only the
bravest can hear? Thank you to all of our past, present, and future soldiers who dedicate their
lives to the cost of freedom.