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"Free Because of Sacrifice" by Donna Tallman. FREE EXCERPT from Stories of Faith and Courage from the War in Iraq & Afghanistan. Click the image to read it.

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Recollection of past, responsibility to future

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Evelyn Shepherd of Colonial Beach touches the gravestone of her late husband, Korean and Vietnam wars veteran Clarence Shepherd, during her visit to Quantico National Cemetery in Triangle, Va., on Sunday May 24, 2009. (AP Photo/Aleks Dolzenko, News & Messenger)

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A U.S. Army carry team moves a transfer case containing the remains of Army Chief Warrant Officer Three Brent Cole off a 747 cargo plane during a dignified transfer at Dover AFB May 23, 2009 in Dover, Delaware. Cole, of Linden, NC, died while serving in Afghanistan during Operation Enduring Freedom. (Brendan Smialowski/Getty Images)

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Tiger Scout Christian Pavlock, 7, carries American flags in honor of the Memorial Day holiday at Long Island National Cemetery in Farmingdale, New York on Saturday, May 23, 2009. (AP Photo/David Goldman)

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Sergeant Obie Wickersham, left, 84, of Yuba City, California, and Sergeant Fred Liddell, right, 80, of Opelika, Alabama, give their final salute to their friend, Army Sgt. 1st Class Patrick J. Arthur of Broken Bow, Neb., at Arlington National Cemetery, Friday, May 1, 2009, fulfilling their promise they made 57 years ago when they buried him on an unmarked spot in North Korea. It was the only gesture their Chinese captors allowed them to bestow on Sgt. Arthur who died while a prisoner of war…

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Laura Youngblood, widow of U.S. Navy Petty Officer Travis L. Youngblood, touches his gravestone while visiting his grave in Section 60 of Arlington National Cemetery during the Memorial Day weekend in Arlington, Virginia, May 24, 2009. Youngblood died of wounds received in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom in July of 2005 in Iraq. (REUTERS/Larry Downing)

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Soliders from the U.S. Army Old Guard place flags at grave stones at Arlington National Cemetery May 21, 2009 in Arlington, Virginia. It took 1,300 soldiers, sailors and Marines about three hours to place a flag at each of the more than 300,000 gravestones at Arlington ahead of the Memorial Day weekend. (Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

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A jockey and his horse train on the beach, as WW II ship wreckage is seen in the background at Utah Beach. Traces of World War II can still be found all across this stretch of Normandy. (AP Photo/Remy de la Mauviniere)

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A U.S. soldier salutes near the helmet of 1st Lt. Roslyn Schulte during a Memorial Day observance ceremony at Camp Eggers in Kabul, Afghanistan, Monday, May 25, 2009. On Monday the U.S. forces based at Camp Eggers gathered wearing khaki, camouflage and blue blazers to salute their latest dead comrades, Schulte, from Ladue, Mo., and Shawn Pine from San Antonio, Texas, a former Army ranger who was working as a contractor to train Afghan army soldiers. (AP Photo/Rafiq Maqbool)

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