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Freedom is not free

It is the soldier, not the reporter,
Who has given us freedom of the press.

It is the soldier, not 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 who salutes the flag,
Who serves beneath the flag,
And whose coffin is draped with the flag,
Who allows the protester to burn the flag.

        Anonymous

Back cover, Early Cold War Overflights, 1950-1956, Symposium Proceedings, editors R. Cargill Hall and Clayton D. Laurie, Office of The Historian, National Reconnaissance Office, Washington, D.C., 2003.


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