Freedom Isn’t Free

Globe-La Crosse Creative Writing Students Raise the Flag with their Words

Three Globe University students and members of the creative writing club Globe-La Crosse Writers Write read their creative work at Globe-La Crosse’s 9/11 flag raising ceremony to remember the fallen troops and those who currently serve.  During the next couple of days, I will be posting each piece to share with you.

“Freedom Isn’t Free”

By Cari Bower, Veterinary Technology Student

Cari Bower reads her prose piece "Freedom Isn't Free"

Cari Bower reads her prose piece "Freedom Isn't Free"

Red, white and blue. The Stars and Stripes. Old Glory. This flag represents the United States of America around the world. It’s a symbol of everything America represents—life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. It’s the promise of a better life for those who are doing their duty by working for it and being constructive members of society; for those who are willing to give back to those who helped them. It means appreciating our rights, but also remembering the responsibilities that go hand-in-hand with the ability to exercise those rights as American citizens.

The American Flag, to me, means Freedom: the Constitution, the Declaration of Independence, Arlington National Cemetery, Vietnam Memorial Wall, and the Freedom Honor Flight. It stands for those who have stood up for our country in the military . . .  my grandfather, my father, and many friends. It’s a vibrant reminder that freedom isn’t free. It’s remembering the thousands of crosses in countless cemeteries across the country that stand as a testament to the parents, grandparents, brothers, sisters, and dear friends who’ve died serving and protecting both at home and abroad.

So let’s salute this flag of ours, along with those who have served, are currently serving, and will serve our nation and prove to them how proud we are, and how much their sacrifices are worth, by being the best Americans we can be, today, and every day of our lives.