Wednesday, May 22, 2019

Freedom Is Not Free

If you go to Washington, DC and respectfully visit the national monuments, you give pause at each memorial, but especially when at the site of the Korean War Memorial. The statues of the soldiers in point formation are so real especially at night when lighting reflects on their faces. As you reach the tip of the soldier point formation, there is a surrounding wall embedded with important, worthy sayings. There is one in particular that makes you stop and think twice about our freedoms. 

Freedom Is Not Free

Indeed, freedom is not free. There is a price to pay for our freedom.  Military families pay all the time. We are a military family knowing the heartache and danger of deployments and the wonder and amazement of living in our nation's capital during Jack's last billet at headquarters. This Korean Memorial was always a stop on our monument tour as we guided friends and family on their visits to us. 

This national day of remembering centers on those who did not come home, those who paid the ultimate price for keeping us safe and serving our country. Many veterans come home to live full lives or deal with injuries from the battlefield. We remember them when death comes. We honor those who served on this day. 

I am posting this early as we are traveling to meet family for this long first weekend of summer. We will pause and give tribute to all who have fallen. 


  1. Very nice post, Meredith. It behooves us all take stop and take a breath, remembering those who gave us the ability to live the incredibly free lives we have compared to so many others.

  2. Hi Meredith,

    This is such a lovely post. Joining you in grattitude and remembrance.


  3. That is an amazing memorial, Mere. I have not been to DC since I was 9 years old, and I very much want to see the one to which you refer in person.

    Thanks for the reminder that many have paid the ultimate price to keep us free.

    Hugs From Ella

  4. Blessings to Jack, you and your family and all the families of those that served to keep us free.

  5. A perfect post for today...Freedom is hard won..and a great cost to some families...hugs abby

  6. This is a lovely tribute to so many who gave so much. Thank you to both you, Jack and your family for serving.
    We have been fortunate to see the Korean War Memorial and it was as beautiful as it was powerful. Reading the quote on the wall in the picture above stopped us cold. Those four little words with such great meaning is something we all need to remember.

  7. Meredith,
    Powerful words here for sure. Thinking about all who served and died and the loved ones they left behind. Sending a special kind of love to you and Jack for your service today and always. Love, Windy