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What it Means to be Free
By Christy L. Riley

America the beautiful and brave, your song sings true to my heart. Not a moment goes by when I do not think of your trials and wars fought. Not a day passes when I do not think of those who have died for the very word Freedom. So let freedom ring.

Freedom, what power such a word holds in our hearts. What power this word holds to have caused so much bloodshed, to bring about the very freedoms that many take for granted today. May we all never forget the price of freedom. For freedom is more than a word on a page, freedom is what makes us who we are.

Freedom simply is…

“My patriotic heart beats red, white, and blue,” Author Unknown.

“I love my freedom.  I love my America,” Jessi Lane Adams.

“I wish that every human life might be pure transparent freedom,” Simone de Beauvoir.

“America is another name for opportunity.  Our whole history appears like a last effort of divine providence on behalf of the human race,” Ralph Waldo Emerson.

“And I'm proud to be an American, where at least I know I'm free. And I won't forget the men who died, who gave that right to me,” Lee Greenwood.

“We hold these truths to be self-evident: that all men are created equal; that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights; that among these are life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness,” Thomas Jefferson.

“Nothing is free anymore; nowadays it all comes at a price. Freedom came about at the price of brave men and women who gave their blood for us,” Christy L. Riley.

Every man, woman, girl, and boy has the right to be free. It does not matter what/whom you believe in. Do not let our differences divide us, may our differences unite us. We all must work together, so that, the very word freedom does not become a thing of our past. Let freedom ring in our hearts, minds, and spirits; as daily we act out what freedom means.

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