Arkansas Pastor Honors Sacrifices for Memorial Day


Phil Kramer conducts a memorial service for a fallen soldier in Iraq in November 2006. During his 16 years of service as an Army chaplain, Kramer was deployed overseas nine times. Submitted photo

HOT SPRINGS, Ark. (BP) — Pastor Phil Kramer knows that “freedom isn’t free” is not just an abstract concept or clever catchphrase.

As a veteran of the U.S. Marine Corps and a former U.S. Army chaplain, he has conducted many funerals for soldiers killed in the line of duty, many of them young men and women under 30. He keeps in touch with some of their families.

“As human beings we’re busy people, and it’s easy to lose sight of the fact that the freedom that we have, the freedom that we enjoy, is paid for with a price,” Kramer said. “And that price includes the blood of hundreds of thousands of men and women who have…

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