Memorial Day this nation will be honoring our veterans both past and present, up to and including those who are serving on active duty today to keep this country free. I would like everyone to remember with this simple refrain called  “Its The Troops”

Its The Troops

Its the  Troops,not the  president, who gave us Democracy

Its the troops,not congress, who takes care of us.

Its the troops,not the reporter, who has given us freedom of the press.

Its the troops, not the poet who has given us freedom of speech.

Its the troops, not the campus organizer, who has given us freedom to demonstrate.

Its is the troops, who salutes the flag, who serves beneath the flag and whose  Coffin is draped by the Flag, that allows the  Protester to burn the Flag.

I would like all of those who are free to strand up and be counted and thank them for their service by attending a Memorial Day Service in your community. Even though this is a debt you can not repay.

James W Harris Sr

Red Bank, NJ

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Allan Dean

Allan Dean is editor, publisher, and founder of the Atlantic Highlands Herald. Published since 1999 and selected in 2000 by the Borough of Atlantic Highlands as one of their official newspapers, making...