by: Allen Domelle
I love America and for what she has stood for over 200 years. America has always been the shining light, the beacon of freedom to the world. We are hated because we promote freedom, but when nations who hate us have had their freedoms taken away because of dictators, they always turn to America for help. We are the envy of nations because of our freedom. There is no doubt that the one thing for which America is known is her freedom.
One of the things that I love about America is our freedom. I love our freedom of speech. I love the fact that not only do patriotic Americans have freedom to stand up and speak their minds, but even those who detest everything that America is have that same freedom.
I love that we have the freedom to worship God in the manner that we choose. I may not agree with every religion, but we all have the choice to worship God in our own manner.
I love the fact that in America you have the freedom to excel. If you have the drive and determination, you can excel in any field.
I love that we have the freedom to express ourselves. Some choose to foolishly express themselves by burning the American flag, but I also have the freedom to say that flag burners should go live in a nation that they like.
I love that in America every American has the right to own and carry firearms. It’s not just a privilege to own firearms in America, but it is our right as an American citizen.
Freedom has been the desire of people for many generations. Many have given everything they had just to experience freedom. Freedom is what makes people swim 90 miles across shark infested waters just so they can have a taste of freedom. Freedom is what causes people to jump barbed wire fences, and swim across the Rio Grande. Freedom is what causes people to pay money so they can be stuffed in a tractor trailer just so they can come and have a taste of freedom. Freedom is what caused the pilgrims to risk life and health to sail across the Atlantic Ocean to America so they could have the freedom to worship God in the way of their own choosing. Freedom is a dream for many, but for those of us who are Americans it is not a dream, it is our reality.
But what is the price of freedom? Freedom is not cheap! Freedom always comes with a cost. The one thing I love more than anything else are the heroes who gave everything to help give our nation freedom or to keep her free.
It was December 1776, that American troops were not far from Trenton, New Jersey. The American revolutionary troops marched through snow, sleet and freezing rain till their shoes gave way, and they continued walking barefoot as they carried muskets and ammunition for the next battle. It was said that you could follow the American troops by the bloody footprints in the snow. Morale was low because of health issues and dying troops.
It was during this time that George Washington planned an attack against Trenton as three regiments of the Hessian army were situated in that town. George Washington knew the Hessians would be drunk because it was Christmas, and the Hessians were known to get drunk on this day. George Washington and the American troops attacked the drunken Hessian forces and won the battle. This victory spirited the troops and led to the winning of the American Revolution. Ultimately, 25,000 troops died because they believed in FREEDOM.
All 56 signers of the Declaration of Independence knew they were committing treason when they signed the petition. They signed this petition knowing full well that if they were captured they would be tortured and killed, but because freedom was not an option, they signed the Declaration of Independence. Most of these men who signed the declaration lost all that they had because they believed in freedom. Freedom is not cheap.
I look at the price of freedom, and I can see men and women who believed in freedom who paid a dear price.
- World War I – 53,402 troops died for freedom.
- World War II – 291,557 troops died for freedom.
- Korean War – 33,686 troops died for freedom.
- Vietnam War – 47,424 troops died for freedom.
- War on Terror – 5,281 troops died for freedom.
- Total Casualties all Wars – 848,163 troops died for freedom.
THESE ALL DIED FOR FREEDOM! These were men and women who loved freedom more than life. These were someone’s son or daughter, brother or sister, husband or wife, father or mother who died so that we could live in a free nation.
Freedom was paid by the body of patriots like Corporal Javier Alvarez. Outside a house of insurgents, and facing casualties, Cpl. Javier Alvarez moved toward the danger in November 2005. During that sprint, insurgents shot him three times in the leg. During treatment on his leg, more enemy fire came, so Alvarez grabbed his rifle and returned fire. At that point, Alvarez heard calls of an incoming grenade. He grabbed the grenade and threw it away saving six Marines and losing his hand in the process. He said, “I lifted up my arm to see what happened, and my hand was completely missing,” He said, “I didn’t mourn over my losses or injuries, I had a mission to accomplish. I had Marines I had to take care of.” Alvarez was awarded a Silver Star for his efforts.
Freedom was paid by the blood of patriots like Specialists Leslie H. Sabo Jr. It was May 10, 1970, in Se San, Cambodia. Spc. Leslie H. Sabo Jr. and his platoon were ambushed by a large enemy force. The 22-year-old rifleman from Ellwood City, Pa., charged the enemy position, killing several soldiers, and then attacked an enemy flanking force, drawing fire away from his comrades. As the enemy retreated, Sabo sprinted towards a wounded American soldier when a grenade landed nearby. Sabo picked it up and threw it, while shielding his comrade with his own body. The grenade blast badly injured Sabo, but he continued to charge the bunker. Crawling toward the enemy stronghold, Sabo was shot multiple times by automatic weapons fire. When he managed to reach the opening of the bunker, he tossed in a grenade, silencing all enemy fire. That same grenade also ended Sabo’s life. – He was awarded a Medal of Honor 41 years laters for his bravery and sacrifice for freedom.
You see, freedom is not free. Freedom costs some their limbs. Freedom costs some everything that they owned. Freedom costs some their family members.
THESE PAID THE PRICE OF FREEDOM:
- So that American flags can be flown on our own property.
- So that government cannot dictate that we can’t mention Christ on federal properties.
- So that prayers could be made at public school football games.
- So that firearms can be carried by every American.
- So that one has a right to say sodomy is a sin, and not be charged with a hate crime.
- So that Christians are not placed on a watch list of terrorists for practicing the Scriptures.
- So that the 10 commandments could be in all federal court houses.
- So that every American has a right to his own doctor without federally mandated plans.
- So that Christians can go door-to-door and invite people to church without being challenged by police.
- So that every American has a right to free speech.
THEY DID NOT PAY THE PRICE OF FREEDOM:
- So that we can pattern our country after Europe.
- So that politicians and judges would make a mockery of our Constitution.
- So that our freedoms can be slowly taken away by out of touch politicians.
- So that future generations would not have the freedoms that we have today.
I lift up my hands and applaud those patriots who paid a dear price for freedom and I say, WELCOME HOME. But, I remind every American that all it takes to lose this freedom is for one generation to not pay the price to keep freedom alive!
Galatians 5:1 says, “Stand fast therefore in the liberty wherewith Christ hath made us free, and be not entangled again with the yoke of bondage.” As Christ challenged the church to “stand fast” with the liberty that salvation gives, may I challenge every American to stand fast in our liberty. Don’t let America be entangled again in the bondage of socialism or dictatorships. The blood of the patriots cries out for Americans to stand for liberty. Don’t let the scars of those who fought for our freedoms be banished by passive Americans who won’t pay the price, that same price that freedom demands, so that future generations know what America is truly about.
On this Veterans Day, don’t let the blood of patriots be shed in vain. Let those who gave their life so that we could be free be appreciated by honoring the cause for which they died: FREEDOM. Stand up to those who want to take our freedoms away and vote them out of office. Stand up for freedoms we have and use them to carry the Gospel of Jesus Christ to everyone so that they can experience a true freedom that will never go away. Let the price of freedom be appreciated by using our freedoms to preach and teach the Book that gives ultimate freedom, the King James Bible. Honor the blood of patriots who fought to have freedom to worship by going to church every Sunday morning, Sunday night and midweek service. Many paid a dear price for freedom, determine not to let it go unappreciated.