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it is the soldier

April 2nd, 2003

From an editorial in The Frederick News-Post by way of Jim at work:

These are not my words, but they express how I feel. They were spoken by Father Dennis Edward O’Brian, a sergeant in the United States Marine Corps: ‘It is the soldier, not the reporter, who has given us the freedom of the press. It is the soldier, not the poet, who has given us the freedom of speech. It is the soldier, not the campus organizer, who gives us the freedom to demonstrate. It is the soldier who salutes the flag, who serves beneath the flag, and whose coffin is draped b the flag, who allows the protester to burn the flag.’

A lot of people forgot that when the troops came back from Vietnam, lets how that no matter the outcome of the current conflict, no matter how we feel about it, we don’t forget it when the soldiers come home this time.

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