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The Sound of Freedom

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The military community represents the true measure of our nation’s freedom. A few weeks ago, my work landed me in Virginia Beach. Just about every five or ten minutes or so a F/A-18E/F Super Hornet would fly by. The sound of pure power speeding by at such an impressive level, and its engines’ roaring lingered, and the jet did not, truly an inspiring sight and sound. The Boeing F/A-18E/F Super Hornet is a twin-engine carrier-based multirole fighter aircraft, designed and initially produced by McDonnell Douglas, and the Super Hornet first flew in 1995.

While having lunch at one of the many Virginia Beach restaurants, a Super Hornet flew by the sound vibrating through the entire restaurant. The waiter explained to me, “that is the sound of freedom!” As a young sailor 30 years ago while stationed at NAS Oceana, and living in barracks #530 which was parallel with runways 5 & 23. I can remember waking up from a sound sleep from the ear piercing sounds of the powerful Grumman F-14 Tomcat taking off with full afterburners deployed. The barracks #530 would shake. I remember jumping up to look out the window and the bright flames lighting up the night sky while the afterburners lunged the aircraft swiftly into the flight. The Grumman F-14 Tomcat is a supersonic, twin-engine, two-seat, variable-sweep wing fighter aircraft designed to kill those who would dare to try to take away our freedom.

The waiter’s comment “that is the sound of freedom,” I never quite thought of it that way before, every five or ten minutes the ‘sound of freedom” would fly overhead, roaring jet engines piloted by a patriot protecting our freedoms for another day, and another safe lunch. The sound of freedom guaranteeing that you have the right to question, complain about your government, the right not to agree with me, and the right to have an expensive mocha latte anytime you dam please.

Freedom guaranteed by warriors flying overhead; leaving behind the sound of freedom. Enabling a calmness that your freedoms are protected by volunteer military communities that represent less than 1% of our nation’s entire population. Imagine that less than 1% is protecting 300 million residence without hesitation 24/7 and 365 days a year. Clearly, the sound of freedom is a reminder to this old sailor who memories past, enlighten today with the knowledge that our nation’s freedom is not free. Freedom to believe, freedom to go outside your house, the freedom to visit a place as beautiful as Virginia Beach is a gift from less than 1% of our nation’s population. A population of patriots eagerly willing to make the ultimate sacrifice to ensure your freedom is uninterrupted. Because of the unselfish patriots, freedom continues and freedom nourishes our lives thanks to our military community.

by AMERICAN WRITER Dr. Pietro Savo Tradition Books Publication © 2011

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