Freedom Isn’t Free

“Those who have long enjoyed such privileges as we enjoy forget in time that men have died to win them.” -Franklin D. Roosevelt

Last week, we watched a C17 take off from Kabul, Afghanistan, with young Afghan men clinging to the plane’s landing gear, so afraid of their fate under the Taliban that they were willing to risk their lives for a small chance to make it to America.

Yesterday, we got the heartbreaking news that 12 Marines and 1 Navy Corpsman were killed in a suicide bombing attack outside the gates of that same Kabul airport.

Freedom isn’t free.

We hear this a lot, but I think we forget what that statement feels like.  

This weekend, 13 families – mothers, fathers, sisters, brothers, sons, daughters, wives, husbands – are living a nightmare after receiving a knock at the door and being told that their loved one was killed in yesterday’s suicide bombing.

Freedom isn’t free.  

This week, no matter your belief system, I ask that you keep those families in your thoughts and prayers. Feel for a minute or two what they are feeling – the price of our freedom. I think it will remind us how grateful we should be for the freedoms we have in our country. Freedom so valuable that someone is willing to give their life to get it, and others are willing to give their lives to protect it. 

Last, let us pray that our leaders at all levels – political leaders and military leaders, strategic decision-makers and tactical decision-makers – have the wisdom, resiliency and steadfast fortitude to see this complex and chaotic mission to the most successful and safe completion possible.

Essayons! Semper Fi!

BJ Kraemer, President