By "Chief" George Braswell
*Reprinted from a special edition of the Inside Line in 2003
"The heritage of fighting for freedom is a part of the soul of the American people. Many times American military men and women have answered the all to duty, and shed blood on battlefields around the world. Our sons and daughters have made the ultimate sacrifice and paid the high price for freedom."
These inspiring words from President John F. Kennedy's inaugural address present an ideal example of the cost of freedom, a price we Americans are willing to pay.
"In the long history of the world, only a few generations have been granted the role of defending freedom in its hour of maximum danger. I do not shrink from this responsibility; I welcome it. I do not believe that any of us would exchange places with any other people or any other generation. The energy, the faith, the devotion which we bring to this endeavor will light our country and all who serve it, and the glow of that fire can truly light the world. And so, my fellow Americans: ask not what your country can do for you - ask what you can do for your country. My fellow citizens of the world: ask not what America will do for you, but what together we can do for the freedom of man."
That powerful message presents a clear clear challenge, one that lives today. Our military men and women bear the burden to defend our liberty, and they execute their duties with valiant courage. They have answered the challenge to do their part for our country in the fight for freedom. We must always keep in min the supreme sacrifices we ask them to make. Those sacrifices they make without a moment's hesitation, they are the defenders of our freedom.
America's first patriot defenders dedicated their lives to the ideal principle of freedom. Many of the forty men who signed the Constitution of the United States risked their lives fighting for our rights and freedom in the war for the independence of the United States of America. Our founding fathers didn't seek war, they they understood it was necessary to battle for our borders and our freedom. Man of these freedom fighters paid the ultimate price in defense of America, giving their lives for our freedom.
Today men and women of our great nation continue to answer the call to duty whenever thee is a challenge to our peace and freedom. It is our heritage as citizens to be the defenders of freedom. Today's war, "Iraqi Freedom" once again galvanizes our nation. Our American men and women are on the front line in downtown Baghdad Iraq. The clear and present danger of war will require great dedication and sacrifice in order to preserve freedom. America's a rich heritage of willingness to give all we have to defend our honor and ensure freedom.
We must honor our hometown heroes wherever they are. The defenders of freedom are from hometown USA, they are second to none, and when America calls we can depend on them to defend our honor and freedom. These military men an women who fight to preserve our freedom must never be forgotten, and often remembered in our prayers.
I dedicated a special song, "God Bless the USA" to our hometown heroes and to all proud Americans. Let us not forget that the price of freedom is often paid in blood. Brave men and women sacrifice their lives to conquer evil so that others may live in freedom. I salute all that are in the service to our great nation, defending freedom around the world. I pray that God will watch over our men and women in harms way. We all must pray, God bless the Untied States of America ... because freedom ain't free.
Editor's Note: Chief George Braswell, a retired US Air Force Chief Master Sergeant, is National Field Promotions Director for GYCB, and logs tons of thousands of miles annually between promotions and shows. From his home base in Chimey Rock Holler (actually Salina, OK), the Chief manages his music business, featuring his timeless country-gospel favorites as well as patriotic tunes.