Lucille J. Biscaglio

DEBIT

“Remember them” and “Honor them”
These words are said on days
that have been set, as if enough;
As if the dues are paid.

These dates upon a calendar,
some are circled red,
The color of the fortune paid
by living and by dead.

The Flags, Parades and Tributes,
an effort made – although
We did not see blood bartered
for the freedoms that we know.

This most untender tender
Some have seen – still see.
Their investment gathers interest
from sea to shining sea.

These costly rights and privileges
Are gifts to you and me,
From Veterans, who paid the price;
Know Freedom is not Free.