Memorial Day 2016


Freedom comes with a price that’s never more evident than when you go to Arlington National Cemetery, and it has little to do with the Kennedys, all majestically buried there like movie stars.

It’s those endless rows of white headstones standing at attention, representing the brave souls beneath them, bringing you to your knees.

The first time I went, like everyone, I too wanted to see the eternal flame Jackie so poignantly lit in November, 1963.  It was way before she joined her husband where she now rests.

Even the famous Lee Mansion standing sentry over land, once the home of Confederate General, Robert E. Lee, takes a backseat to the simple markers reminding you, it’s because of them, I get to even be there.

images It’s because of them and their brethren, I get to wake up each day wrapped in liberty and that ongoing pursuit of happiness Jefferson promised, without ever having to hide, halt or explain my preferences.

I’m an American after all whose rights prevail no matter what.


Because our dedicated Armed Forces make certain of it.

Freedom, whether it’s to vote, say what you think, go to college, have children, drive a car, play ball, open a business or work for one, comes with huge price tags.

At Arlington, you can count them.     images-1


About Susannah Bianchi

I'm just a girl who likes to write slightly on slant. I've had a career in fashion, dabbled in film and to be honest, I don't like talking about myself. Now my posts are another matter so I will let them speak for themselves. My eBooks, A New York Diary, Model Behavior: Friends For Life and Notes From A Working Cat can be found on Thanks.
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8 Responses to Memorial Day 2016

  1. Rob says:

    You know I have very mixed feelings about this. No-one could deny the personal sacrifice of those soldiers. But can violence ever buy you freedom? I doubt it. All we ever get is more bloodshed.

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  2. So many sacrifices, more than just lives too.

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  3. Well said! We have a debt to a lot of people who served before. I went to Arlington once when I was a teenager and we were rushed for time, doing the whole DC tour. I’d like to go again and spend some more time.


  4. skinnyuz2b says:

    My 89 year old father drove an antique tractor (that he restored and repainted last year) in our town’s Memorial Day parade. He pulled a small trailer with two car seats attached to it. My step-mom and I sat in the seats throwing candy to the kids.

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