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Arlington National Cemetary

Arlington National Cemetary

Liberty Bell

Liberty Bell

What Does Freedom Mean to You?

Many Americans do not realize the blessings they have.

In 1995, Colonel Jeff Douglass, USMC was waiting for a flight from Sarajevo to Vienna. He found himself in a conversation with a gentleman named Peter who was departing Sarajevo after gathering research for a book he was writing. Peter pointed to the United States passport, and said: “Do you know what that is worth?” “I’m afraid I don’t understand,” Douglass replied. “Of course, Peter said, forgive me, I forgot. You Americans do not realize the blessings you have. So many in this world envy you…and you do not know what you have. You see, freedom is what these people cherish. It is such a dream for many. Here, as is the case in many countries, families are willing to send their young away to freedom, in spite of the pain. You Americans are a lighthouse beacon for freedom, and I wonder if you realize this.”

The world is looking for our lighthouse beacon – we must not let the light of freedom die and we must not forget those who have given so much to make it glow.