Billy Coffey
Billy Coffey

Honoring the price of freedom

May 31, 2010  

Over at katdish’s blog today, I have a story about a man I’ve known most of my life. He’s going to talk, not me. I just listened.

You may disagree with some or even all of what he says, and that’s fine. That’s your right. He’d be the first to say that, too. But he’d also be the first to say that part of the reason why you have that right is because of people like him, and you won’t be able to disagree with that.

Before you leave, I invite you to click on the video above (you may want to grab a tissue or two beforehand). Today’s a holiday for many of us. Whatever you do, I hope you have fun. I also hope that at some point you pause to remember those who have given everything so you can have something.

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6 Responses to “Honoring the price of freedom”

  1. [...] This post was mentioned on Twitter by Billy Coffey and TchrEric, RRock. RRock said: New post: Honoring the Price of Freedom ~ http://bit.ly/bMjKQ4 (via @billycoffey)//Beautiful tribute. [...]

  2. Amen, to both posts, Billy. I think for a lot of people, myself included, the year is spent thinking about freedom and war, but I don’t really let it sink in what others are doing around the world to protect my liberties. I don’t get to thank enough military people for the job they do.

  3. Amy N. says:

    Thanks for sharing both these posts Billy. I’m so thankful that this year that my dad, finishing his 40th year in the National Guard, made it home safely from Iraq. He missed his only grandchild’s entire 4th grade year. I don’t think people realize what a sacrifice it is for the troops or their families. We surprised my son at school with his grandfather being home, but so many aren’t able to do the same. http://www.ordinarilyextraordinary.com/2010/05/the-surprise-of-the-year.html

  4. Lynn Rush says:

    Wow. Thank you for this.

  5. Ya know, my tears have streamed down my neck now. Your piece at Katdish’s and now this video, my gratitude cannot find words, only tears. Why I am so loud for what is right and why I plead with others to stand up for Life and those who cannot speak and why I get my hackles up, is because some forget or don’t care.

    To honor those men and women who died, to say “thank you” to those who were mangled, to express our sorrow to those came home to an empty house, to cry for those who drowned themselves in a bottle, to remember the sacrifices…that is why I am a feisty girl and that is why I agree with all that your friend says.

    Next time you see him, you shake his hand for me. I am serious.

    I don’t know why this year this day is doing this to me…

    Blessings.

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