THE SOUNDS OF FREEDOM
By Duane Preimsberger
As we look forward to July 4th, a time to celebrate our Independence Day, it’s also a time to say thank you to those dedicated and committed members of our Armed Forces who sometimes give their all to assure that we can enjoy the blessings that go with celebrating this very remarkable and wonderful Holiday.
Those of us who live in the
“What was that, there aren’t any thunder clouds around, is it an earthquake?” asked our guests. Seconds later, several low flying helicopters, in formation, flew overhead drowning out all conversation and quickly disappeared off into the distance.
I thought for a moment and replied: “Those helicopters are
the Sounds of Freedom.” I said; informing our visitors that we lived within a
few miles of
Since that day I’ve become much more aware of those sounds and the people who cause them. In the last few years there have been many more over flights, convoys and artillery fire. Much of it, I’m sure, has been driven by our Nations actions to free the Iraqi people from the stranglehold of a ruthless despot and his assassins and to bring them democracy. Along with the awareness of the noise came a realization that the young faces I see in the troop carrying vehicles that travel our freeways are willing to go into harms way and to put their lives on the line for me and for all Americans as they serve in our Nations Military Forces.
Perhaps my heightened awareness is just an old mans pride in
Those young men and women fill me with pride and make me appreciate even more the gift that has been given to us, the ability to listen and appreciate on an almost daily those Sounds of Freedom that we hear as our troops go about their business. The Sounds have become patriotic music to my ears. Each year as we enjoy another birthday for our Great Nation I am swept up in a wave of patriotism as I watch those young Marine faces and give thanks for living in a Country that is truly free. Semper Fi, Marines, and a salute as well to the men and women who with dedication and courage serve our Nation in our Army, Navy, Air Force and Coast Guard.
To all of you who serve now and in the past, thank you for
allowing us to enjoy the Freedoms and