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Freedom Isn't Free ( Written by Lt. Cmdr. Dan Shanower who died 9/11/01 at Pentagon)
US Naval Institute ^
| May 1997
| Lt. Cmdr. Dan Shanower
Posted on 09/11/2006 6:22:27 PM PDT by milwguy
The military loses scores of personnel every year in training or operational accidents. Each one risked and lost his or her life for something they believed in, leaving behind friends, family, and shipmates to bear the burden and celebrate their devotion to our country.
In a era of downsizing and tight budgets, it's easy to let the issues of the day and our different cultures and traditions distance us from our peers in the other military services. Memorial Day is one day of the year when those differences seem insignificant, when all service members reflect on the one defining experience many of us have felt that sets us apart from the rest of societythe loss of close friends in the defense of our nation.
TOPICS: History; Military/Veterans; Society
KEYWORDS: freedom; military; terrorism
I went to college with Dan, and his smile, sense of humor, and zest for life will stay with me forever. His belief in the greatness of our country, and the sense of duty and willingness to sacrifice everything in defense of his fellow citizens should be an example for all of us. I know it is and always will be for me. Rest in Peace Dan.
posted on 09/11/2006 6:22:28 PM PDT
He who is brave is free.
Seneca (Roman philosopher, mid-1st century AD)
posted on 09/11/2006 6:28:55 PM PDT
I too lost friends on 9/11 and many since in the struggle against Islamofascists. Today I have two sons and a grandson carrying on that fight.
Oh to be 25 again.
God Bless America.
posted on 09/11/2006 7:32:51 PM PDT
by An Old Marine
(Freedom isn't Free)
posted on 09/11/2006 8:14:24 PM PDT
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posted on 09/13/2006 11:39:34 AM PDT
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posted on 09/13/2006 12:21:52 PM PDT
by Convert from ECUSA
(Mid East Ceasefire = Israel ceases but her enemies fire)
God bless and keep you Dan.
posted on 01/05/2007 8:13:26 PM PST
(For today in the city of David a Savior has been born for you who is Messiah and Lord.)
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