Find the Cost of Freedom: Leia's Daddy
Photo by Barry Gutierrez
In honor of Memorial Day, we're re-running this post. When we came across this photo and story, we were really heart struck by this image's poignancy and thought this might be a good reminder of the cost of freedom.
All Sgt. Ryan John Baum wanted to do was come home and put his daughter, Leia, on his chest. Born 11 days after his death in Iraq on May 18, 2007, the placement of the baby photo during visitation addresses that wish.
Those faces we saw in the "Find the Cost of Freedom" sequence during 2006's Living With War/Freedom of Speech tour are -- of course -- more than just statistics. They represent real families and their pain and suffering.
And not just Leia's daddy. Or Bo's daddy. Or the Gold Star Mothers.
CSNY/Deja Vu made us think. Talk. Inspire us to hope that we can make a difference.
find the cost of freedom
buried in the ground
mother earth will swallow you
lay your body down
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