Memorial Day  

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I didn't post this when I was supposed to because I being the puter dupe that I am didn't have it set for the right day. BUT I have to say a few things about Memorial Day.

I spent 8 years in the USMC. I was in communications and while it wasn't the most exciting job on the planet, it was a learning experience I wouldn't trade for the world. I developed friendships that are more like gaining siblings. I hardly ever talk to my former military bretheren but I know that I need only call or write and they are there. They know this holds true with me as well. I would gladly drop what I'm doing to help whenever or wherever. That's the way it is with a Marine, and I'm going to guess that's the way it is with most military.

Memorial Day is the time we can reflect and thank all of those who gave the ultimate sacrifice. These people are the true super heroes of the world. They give all they have for something they believe in. When I wore the uniform I was humbled by the history of the Corps, and the people who set the standard that we all need to live up to. The fact that they often times knowingly put themselves in harms way and sacrificed themselves for my freedoms is a sobering thought indeed.

If you know anybody who has served in any branch of the service (ESPECIALLY MARINES), thank them as often as you can. Let them know that you are on their side. Tell them you support that they are serving to protect US. I have lost a couple of friends over the years in different military ventures around the world. They weren't always a war, but they were in service of our country. I know that they felt they were just doing their job. They told me often enough how they were born to serve, and I can't help but believe them when I witnessed their dogged determination in some of the most mundane situations, and some of the scariest too.

I know this post is sort of all over the place, but I think it's important that we never forget that we have the greatest fighting force ever assembled, and while it's their job to protect, it's our job to support. We are all responsible for our military men and women.

So to all my Marine brothers everywhere. A big OOOHRAH!!! Semper Fi to all you devil dogs out there. To those who have given all they had for me I say thank you. Thank you from me and my family, you are always in our hearts and I will always keep you in my prayers.

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8 comments

Great post!
Semper Fi buddy...

June 1, 2010 at 2:37 PM

thought you might find this interesting...

http://patricktillett.blogspot.com/2010/02/vietnam-34-semper-fidelis.html

June 1, 2010 at 2:43 PM

Wonderful post!! I can see that you understand and appreciate what Memorial Day is really about more than most anyone else in the Blogosphere. =) Thank you for this, which I enjoyed reading so much!

June 1, 2010 at 2:50 PM

OOHYEAH! (I'm not a Marine, I had to change it up a bit)

June 1, 2010 at 3:01 PM

Pat...Semper Fi!
I will definitely check out the post..thanks :)

Passion...I'm glad you enjoyed it..I like to think I appreciate Memorial Day for what it truly m eans..thanks for noticing..

Ms. Anthropy..I think we can assume you are in the right spirit even if you aren't a marine :)

June 1, 2010 at 3:57 PM

Great post Bendigo! Thanks for serving!

June 2, 2010 at 1:42 PM

ABAO...thank you...It was a great joy of my life :)

June 3, 2010 at 6:25 PM

That's a really cool post! I knew that you spent time in the marine corps, but 8 years..woahhh! I don't know anyone who is or has been in the military..except you lol. Thanks a lot!:)

June 6, 2010 at 10:22 AM

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