Holiday Reminds Us That Freedom Isn't Free

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Holiday Reminds Us That Freedom Isn't Free


Byline: Ralph Clarbour

According to Webster there is a "Patriot's Day." It's celebrated on the third Monday in April and commemorates the anniversary of the Battle of Lexington and Concord in April 19, 1775.

Again according to Webster, a patriot is "One who loves, supports and defends one's country."

We also have a national holiday called Independence Day which occurs every year on the fourth of July .

Celebrating these days are all fine and good and bring to every American's attention to the values and lessons of patriotism, but once the celebration is over a lot of us seem to forget the real values and lessons of patriotism. Freedom or patriotism is not free.

Freedom never has been free and never will be free. Both patriotism and freedom have to be earned by each and every one of us each and every day 24/7.

Freedom and patriotism cannot be measured or rewarded by dollars, especially evil dollars.

I feel that it's about time that we set aside, let's say 15 minutes or 30 minutes each-and every day for all school children from first grade through those getting their doctorates to teach and learn about real freedom and real patriotism - artificial or unearned freedom or patriotism is generally false and of little or no value.

Those of us who have really had to fight for freedom and patriotism should be the leaders and teachers of them.

How fitting it would be to recognize Dec. …

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