The Few, The Proud

When I see our men and women in uniform, I see my brother, my father, my uncles and aunts-all those in my family who have served our country with honor. Now I will see my nephew as well. A young man like no other-strong, confident, special. He is more like my little brother (who’s not so little any more) than my nephew. He was born just before my 9th birthday and grew up alongside me. As long as I can remember he has been telling me one day he would grow up and join the Marines (adding further proof to the theory that Marines are born and not made). Now he has decided to put that long ago plan into action.

Sure I worry about him, but I was going to do that any way, and neither one of us would get very far if we lived our lives afraid. I won’t embarrass him with the details of his childhood. Although, I do have some pretty good blackmail photos (hint, hint), but I did want to take this moment to tell him and all of you how very proud I am of him. He has come so far; he still has a lot to learn, but don’t we all. I hope I will always have a place in his life because he means the world to me, but I also know there comes a time when you have to let go and let a boy face the world and come back a man.

So many of our soldiers are going through this transition as we speak. I also want to acknowledge the sacrifice they have made for us, for our freedom and our country. It doesn’t matter if you agree with the current war or not, what matters is, we never forget the men and women who give their lives and their freedom in defense of ours. May we always remember those who have the courage to dedicate themselves to the service of our nation. They are the heroes in times of war and in times of peace that put our needs above their own. Tonight, when you go home safe and sound and lay your head down to sleep, just for a second, forget about all the problems you have, and think of them, maybe then in that brief moment your problems won’t seem so big anymore.

May God bless all those who serve our country wherever they may sleep tonight.

For information on donating a care package to our Marines overseas, visit http://www.USOCARES.org or click here to read more in the USMC Press Release.

2 Responses to “The Few, The Proud”

  1. Vince Says:

    I’m proud of him also,but not for joining the Marines,but for becoming a fine young man,in spite of all the obstacles he had to pass through and overcome. I believe he will suceed at anything he tries. It takes a special person to serve their country with pride and dignity,that this country deserves. Remember Son, you carry a name that is very special and you have alot of ancestors that carried it well, and a few that are still doing their best to keep our name strong and do it justice. I have confidence that you understand this, and will make us all proud!! Good luck. God speed. You have alot of prayers going with you.

  2. karen Says:

    I have a few Marines in my family too :) And, yes I agree – whether or not we support the war, we should support our troops that are fighting for our freedom.

    Great post – thanks for sharing.

    -k-