Enjoying The Journey

The Cost of Liberty

“It is easy to take liberty for granted, when you have never had it taken from you.”
 Former Vice President Dick Cheney

My grandparents were no strangers to war.  My paternal grandfather was still in school when his two older brothers fought  in World War II. Both of my grandfathers then served in Korea during the Korean War. My grandfathers joined the service because it was a call of duty to the country they loved, not because they wanted free education or a trip around the world. They came face to face with the mayhem and sadness that accompanies a war fought on someone’s homeland. They know the cost of liberty.

Veterans Day Come Home For Comfort
left – my Pappa Cunningham
right – my Papa Ray
(both taken in Korea during their respective tours of duty)

Many of my generation have grown up in such freedom and provision that they view the “American Dream” as something to be despised. I am saddened by those who fail to see life as our grandparents did.

I am truly grateful for my warm, safe home and for the good times we have there as a family. I’m thankful for the ability to travel around town without fear. I’m thankful that my husband is able to carry a gun to protect us if the need arose. I’m thankful for the people who have served in our Armed Forces to make it that way. Happy Veterans Day to all of our American heroes, our veterans!

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6 thoughts on “The Cost of Liberty

  1. Papa and I were very touched by your tribute to Veterans, and the way you included your Grandfathers. Thank you for your deep seated patroitism. Yesterday, in the early service at church, they recognized the Vets, and there was only two men that stood, I was surprised. Although there was a gap in the years between Vietnam, and the Gulf War, when it was not very popular to be in the Service. Very sad. I heard in the late service, that there were more Vets that stood to be recognized. We attended a luncheon at Hospice this week, that was a very nice tribute to those that served their Country, and well attended.


  2. These two men were faithful soldiers for our country. More than that, they were and remain today as faithful soldiers of the cross; one on this side and the other in Glory!


  3. Love this good reminder, Whitney. Freedom comes at a great price. I, too, am thankful for my father (your maternal grandfather =) who fought for our country! Happy Veterans Day to our Armed Forces!


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