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"The Soldier"


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 campus organizer, who has given us
            freedom to demonstrate.

It is the soldier, not the lawyer, who has given us the right to a fair trial.

It is the soldier who salutes the flag, serves under the flag,
            and whose coffin is draped by the flag,
            who allows the protester to burn the flag.

All gave some. Some gave all.

Source: anonymous, first seen in "The Blue Devil", the Journal of the 88th Infantry Division Association.

While some soldiers and veterans may not agree with this statement about the flag, it still is the soldier who has earned the right to speak on this issue.

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