July 4, 2009

What's The Big Idea...



Freedom...that was the Framers', big idea.
Sounds good in theory, but always exacts a price.




Barefoot and freezing at Valley Forge, the paid the
price. The grand experiment of "independence" was a
costly one. If you want to be humbled, you should read
the account of what happened to the men, and their
families, who said "Give me liberty, or give me death!"
and signed the Declaration...for most of them, death is
just what they got...we are the one who received the liberty.

Today we celebrate the "declaration" of our independence,
which wasn't the signing of a treaty at the end of a war,
it was the shot across the bow, declaring our intention to
live as free men in a free country.
Where do men like this come from? Who will put their
money where their mouth is and why have we been so
blessed to have been preceded by so many.
Happy Birthday United States of America!!!
I not only realize how blessed I am to have been born
here, but I am very proud to call the USA my home
and to enjoy the freedoms that people I never knew
were willing to die for.

And very proud that they were not only willing to fight
for the freedom of "their fellow Americans", but also for
"their fellow man".



Arlington National Cemetery




The American Cemetery at Somme, France.
1,844 American soldiers laid to rest.




The American Cemetery at Rhone, France.
861 American soldiers laid to rest.





The American Cemetery at Oise-Aisne, France.
6,012 American soldiers laid to rest.






The American Cemetery at Normandy, France.
9,387 American soldiers laid to rest.





The American Cemetery at the Netherlands.
8,301 American soldiers laid to rest.




The American Cemetery at Meuse-Argonne, France.
14,246 soldiers laid to rest.




The American Cemetery at Luxembourg.
5,076 American soldiers laid to rest.




The American Cemetery at Lorraine, France.
10,489 American soldiers laid to rest.





The American Cemetery at Henri-Chapelle, Belgium.
7,992 American soldiers laid to rest.





The American Cemetery at Florence, Italy.
4,402 American soldiers laid to rest.



The American Cemetery at Flanders Field, Belgium.
368 American soldiers laid to rest.




The American Cemetery at Cambridge, England.
3,812 American soldiers laid to rest.




The American Cemetery at Brookwood, England.
468 American soldiers laid to rest




The American Cemetery at Brittany, France.
4,410 American soldiers laid to rest.




The American Cemetery at Ardennes, Belgium.
5,329 American soldiers laid to rest.





The American Cemetery at Aisne-Marne, France.
2,289 American soldiers laid to rest.






The American Cemetery at St. Mihiel, France.
4,153 American soldiers laid to rest.





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21 comments:

  1. What a great post and tribute to our armed forces. I felt like I had been to a history class. Truly, we are blessed to live in this country. I appreciate your paying me a visit.

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  2. Gosh, I wanted to write "Happy 4th of July", but after seeing all those cemetery pictures I'm kinda sad.

    Despite that, I am very grateful to be an American and have the blessings of being a citizen of this great country.

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  3. Happy Pink Saturday and Happy 4th July (being from the UK, I hadn't realised it was Independence Day...)

    Although it feels awkward to say "happy" after seeing all those cemetaries.

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  4. This post shows everyone the enormity of our heroes that fought valiantly for us ... giving their very lives to protect us & our freedoms. TY for this, very profound. Enjoy your holiday ... TTFN ~Marydon

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  5. Thank you for a wonderful and inspiring post.


    Stop by my blogs Christmas Memories in My Heart or Playing Dishes for Christmas in July fun and giveaways. Memes are in the sidebar with links to the information.

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  6. Such an awesome and humbling post. God Bless all our service men and women. We are all so blessed because of the huge price paid by so many. Hugs, Marty

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  7. What a magnificent tribute to our armed services. Beautiful, stirring pictures that gave me goose bumps.
    Thank you so much for such a wonderful 4th of July post! We owe so much to these brave soldiers and we must not fail them now....we have to keep the spirit of America alive!
    Jil

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  8. Awesome post! We would be in a very different place or not even at all without those wonderful Americans who faught and even died for us all! God Bless America!
    Happy Independence Day1
    Hugs, Lisa

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  9. Wonderful post! Thanks for sharing and have a great weekend.

    Blessings,
    Sandi

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  10. What an awesome post, thank you. I had not realized so many American servicemen were buried overseas. It really puts in to perspective how much we sacrificed to free Europe, and to maintain our own freedoms here. God bless our country, and God bless all those who continue to fight for the freedom of people everywhere.

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  11. Wow! Talk about impact.... I had no idea that so many of our soldiers were laid to rest in foreign lands. Thanks for stopping by Meggie's Stuff.

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  12. Wonderful tribute..how easy it is to forget that our soldiers have been laid to rest in other countries. Thank you for the wonderful and touching post.


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    Deanna :D

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  13. Thank you for a wonderful tribute to our country and those who died to bring us liberty! HAPPY BIRTHDAY, AMERICA! Hope you had a great Independence Day.

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  14. OH, my goodness! We talk of our forefathers and how they fought for our freedom, but you've put pictures to those words! It's overwhelming how many died that we can have freedom! We must never forget. Thank you, Dear One, for making this more real to us. God bless you and God bless America!
    Be a sweetie,
    Shelia ;)

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  15. A stunning tribute! Thank you...

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  16. WOW, what an incredible post..Very touching. Thank you for honoring the brave men and women of this beautiful country we call home...
    Happy Independence day!
    Jo-Anne

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  17. I never even thought of all our American soldiers having their own cemeteries in other countries. I guess it makes sense. How wonderful that the countries they died in, honor them and take such care with their final resting place, that they continue to honor them and haven't forgotten. I greatly appreciate you posting this. I learned something new and important here today, Thank You.

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  18. What a beautiful post! A great tribute to our heroes!

    Hugs!
    Kat

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  19. Oh my goodness . . . after years of not studying history, I'd forgotten all of this! I knew we had several overseas cemeteries, but didn't realize exactly how many! Especially in FRANCE! Wow.
    What a wonderful post. Thank you so much for sharing.
    Just found your blog through Elyse at Cottage. I just love her.
    I'll be back for sure! Have a good rest of your weekend.

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  20. Wonderful post! We are very blessed to be living in the U.S.A.
    Happy Fourth of July!

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