Sunday, November 9, 2008

November 10, 2008 is the 233rd birthday of the Marine Corps and this day is celebrated in every corner of the world where Marines find themselves. Whether in war or peace all Marines stop for a few minutes and salute all of those who went before us. Tradition is a cornerstone of service in the Marine Corps. We are who we are because of those who went before. "From the Halls of Montezuma, to the Shores of Tripoli", from the black sand beaches of Iwo Jima to the dusty sand of Fallujah Iraq, from the frozen shores of Chosin Reservoir to the high mountain valleys of Afghanistan, the Marines have served with distinction and valor and have left precious blood in all of those far away places. Not for their own glory but because they were called upon by our country to keep us safe in times of terror and in defense of all we hold dear and even sometimes take for granted. I assure you that the double talk of so many of our politicians is not lost on them. How can anyone say they support our troops but not their cause. The arrogance drips from that statement. How can anyone look our Marines in the eye after their 3rd or 4th tour in Iraq and say they support them, but the friends you left behind and the blood they spilled is all for naught. The taste of freedom has a flavor to those who served that the protected will never know. Happy birthday Marines, God bless you.

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