Tuesday, November 18, 2003

eds.com: IT for America's Homeland Defense: "Freedom is not free
I watched the flag pass by one day,
It fluttered in the breeze
A young sailor he saluted it, and then
He stared at ease.
I looked at him in uniform
So young, so tall, so proud
With hair cut square and eyes alert
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 ships now gone?
No freedom, it is not 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
The 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 . . . it is not free!!*"

From a Homeland Security document at EDS. If only all corporate documents were interesting...


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