Some years ago when I was teaching and coaching in central Indiana, on occasion I would attend a basketball game at a high school in Kokomo, Indiana.
The Memorial Gymnasium at Kokomo High School is the home of the WildKats. The gym was built in the late 1940s’ and would seat over 7,000 people. This gym was special, different than any other gymnasium I had ever been in (and I've been in hundreds of them).
On one of my trips to Europe I visited a military cemetery. As I was leaving the cemetery I read the following on a sign that was posted near the exit.
“We gave up our today’s for your tomorrow’s.”
Just adjacent to the lobby as you enter Memorial gymnasium you will find written on a plaque the following:
"This memorial conceived in loving memory and enduring gratitude is dedicated to those promising sons who grew to young manhood in our homes and schools of Howard County and who, mindful only of duty to their country and loved ones, offered their lives and all else they possessed that liberty, justice and individual freedom might be enjoyed by future generations."
As I said it was like no other place I have ever been to see a basketball game.
It's interesting that this community chose to remember what the cost was for people to go about living and enjoying life.
They recognized that freedom is costly.
August 20, 2014