Symbol of Strength - USA Military

  1.     Jerry Davidson

    Freedom Is

    I watched the flag pass by one day.
    It fluttered in the breeze.
    A young Marine saluted it,
    and then he stood at ease.
    I looked at him in uniform
    So young, so tall, so proud,
    He'd stand out in any crowd.
    I thought how many men like him
    Had fallen through the years.
    How many died on foreign soil?
    How many mothers' tears?
    How many pilots' planes shot down?
    How many died at sea?
    How many foxholes were soldiers' graves?
    No, freedom isn't free.

    I heard the sound of TAPS one night,
    When everything was still
    I listened to the bugler play
    And felt a sudden chill.
    I wondered just how many times
    That TAPS had meant "Amen,"
    When a flag had draped a coffin
    Of a brother or a friend.
    I thought of all the children,
    Of the mothers and the wives,
    Of fathers, sons and husbands
    With interrupted lives.
    I thought about a graveyard
    At the bottom of the sea
    Of unmarked graves in Arlington.
    No, freedom isn't free.


    Toneya McGinnis

    Jerry Davidson
    Master Sergeant
    November 1970 - September 1991
    Toneya McGinnis
        Henry Williams Renee Rice
    Henry Williams
    Master Sergeant
    April 1976 - April 1986
    Served Air Force
    April 1986 - May 2006
    Renee Rice
    United States Air Force|
    March 1983 - Nov. 19, 1987
        Fernando Moulton Gregory McGinnis
        Fernando Moulton
    Master Sergeant
    Gregory M. McGinnis