Uncut: Take a moment for real heroes this week



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Posted on May 23, 2014 at 3:16 PM

Updated Friday, May 23 at 10:57 PM

Of all the memorials in Washington D.C., the one carrying the words I always thought were the most powerful is dedicated to what some call "The Forgotten War."

"Freedom is Not Free." It's chiseled into the wall at the Korean War Memorial and should be a part every commemoration this holiday weekend.

It’s not Veteran's Day, not Independence Day. It’s the one day during the year we remember those who fell protecting the rest of us.

Perhaps the best tribute to that kind of sacrifice was spoken 25 centuries ago by a man who knew nothing about America but a lot about defending your country.

In honoring Athenians killed in the Peloponnesian War, Pericles told his people:

"Thus choosing to die resisting, rather than to live submitting, they fled only from dishonor, but met danger face to face, and after one brief moment, while at the summit of their fortune, escaped, not from their fear, but from their glory. For there is justice in the claim that steadfastness in his country's battles should be as a cloak to cover a man's other imperfections; since the good action has blotted out the bad, and his merit as a citizen more than outweighed his demerits as an individual."

Don’t forget our fallen service members this weekend, a reminder that freedom is not free

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