The High Cost Of Freedom Must Not Be Forgotten

"Freedom is not free."


Those four words, carved on the Korean War Veterans Memorial in Washington, D.C., only hint at the high price that men and women throughout our nation's history have paid to preserve democracy.
As America's major wars begin to fade into history, so might our country's appreciation of the sacrifice made by those who have served in the nation's armed forces.
Let us not allow our memories of service and sacrifice to fade with the passing of the years.
Nov. 11 is the day our country has dedicated to honor our veterans. It began as a national celebration in 1918 with the close of World War I. For too many, it has become just another day of leisure and a day of forgotten meaning. Our veterans, particularly who have served in battle, deserve more.
We need to pause, now and then, to reflect on the war stories told by those who served in World War II, the Korean War, Vietnam and Desert Storm. Our children need to hear them to understand the significance of service to one's country.
It is those who have been on the front lines who know best the sometimes terrible price of freedom: the anguish of having a friend die before your eyes, the wrenching pain of a bullet wound, the lingering frustration of a service-related disability.
Those who have not served so directly must remember and understand both to honor those who have given of themselves, for the sake of our country and to keep fresh in our minds the knowledge that we must sometimes pay a high price for our freedom.
At 4 p.m. Saturday, join our veterans and their families at the Payson High School auditorium for Payson's third annual Veterans Day celebration to remember and honor those who have served and those who have sacrificed so that the rest of us may live free.

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