Poetry – “Freedom’s Price”

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Freedom’s Price 

In the beginning of our nation’s birth,

Freedom to live in harmony

according to one’s beliefs

and in happiness’ pursuit

guaranteed at birth.

So, so many paid the ultimate price.

Sleep in peace, our comrades, Sleep.

Let us not take for granted

our freedoms hard won at home

and for others on foreign shores;

their sacrifices made,

lives unselfishly given.

Oh sleep our hero’s,

Sleep in peace.

American Revolution (1775 – 1783)                          25,000

War of 1812 (1812 – 1815)                                            20,000

Civil War (1861 – 1865)                                            ~ 625,000

WW1 (1917 – 1918)                                                       116,516

WW11 (1941 – 1945)                                                     405,399

Korean (1950 – 1953)                                                      36,516

Vietnam (1955 – 1975)                                                    58,209

Persian Gulf War (1990 – 1991)                                            258

Operation Enduring Freedom (Afghanistan)                   2,356

(2001 – 2014)    

Operation Iraqi Freedom (2003 – 2012)                           4,489

 

terre c. 2018

*Statistics Source – MilitaryFactory.com

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