On this Fourth of July, let us not forget the true cost of our freedom.

People sleep peaceably in their beds at night only because rough men stand ready to do violence on their behalf. – George Orwell

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Click for the PetaPixel website. Image credits: Photographs by David Jay/The Unknown Soldier http://www.unknownsoldier.org/
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Portrait of Marine Staff Stg. John Jones by Timothy Greenfield-Sanders, 2008 http://tinyurl.com/qz5j7ng
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Two Victims of War. Photo by Bill Stones http://tinyurl.com/k6evxte
I refuse to accept the view that mankind is so tragically bound to the starless midnight of racism and war that the bright daybreak of peace and brotherhood can never become a reality… I believe that unarmed truth and unconditional love will have the final word.Martin Luther King, Jr.

The darkness drops again but now I know
    That twenty centuries of stony sleep
    Were vexed to nightmare by a rocking cradle,
    And what rough beast, its hour come round at last,
    Slouches towards Bethlehem to be born? – William Butler Yeats, The Second Coming, 1919
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