The 2012 Oxford dictionary defines freedom as “the power or right to act, speak, or think as one wants without hindrance or restraint.” Being a military veteran, I feel privileged to be able to write for the Glass Hat. If it were not for the Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen, and Marines who protect us, we would not have this freedom. Father Denis O’Brien, USMC, wrote a poem that gives an excellent portrayal of what freedom is.

“It is the soldier, not the reporter, Who has given us freedom of the press. It is the soldier, not the poet, Who has given us freedom of speech. It is the soldier, not the organizer, Who has given us the freedom to demonstrate. It is the soldier, Who salutes the flag, Who serves beneath the flag, And whose coffin is draped by the flag, Who allows the protester to burn the flag.” By: Father Denis Edward O’Brien M.M. USMC

Let’s remember why we have our freedoms and thank those who have served to protect them.

Written by Melissa Wheeler