And the freedom it envisioned for us has been protected, upheld, and vigorously defended by the loyalty, bravery, and sacrifice of Americans like these for 232 years.
Tun Tavern, Philadelphia, PA - Birthplace of the United States Marine Corps - 1775
U.S. Marines - 1861
U.S. Marines in WWI - 1917
Native American lady Marines - aren't they gorgeous? - Minnie Spotted Wolf (Blackfoot), Celia Mix (Potawatomi), and Viola Eastman (Chippewa). U.S. Marine Corps photograph, Camp Lejeune, October 16, 1943
S-U-R-I-B-A-C-H-I .... the Marines take Iwo Jima in WWII
"The Grunt Padre" - Ven. Fr. Vincent Capodanno, Congressional Medal Of Honor winner who sacrificed his life to comfort a dying Marine, saying Mass with the Marines in Vietnam - 1967
Our brave Marines currently serving in Iraq - 2008
A living legend: Sgt. Henry Baul, USMC - one of the very first black USMC enlistees in 1942, honored for his service in May, 2008. "There is only one color of a Marine. GREEN."
2-29-08: this young Marine, grievously injured in Iraq, models the new USMC running ("PT") suits with his fellow Marines. His expression both warms and breaks my heart.
A quote to ponder...:
The essential American soul is hard, isolate, stoic, and a killer. It has never yet melted. — D.H. Lawrence
...and a truism:
Freedom has never been "free"
Arlington National Cemetery - built adjacent to the home of Confederate General Robert E. Lee after the Civil War - and the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier
So please take a quiet moment away from the fun today and remember to hold our country and its freedom-keepers close in your thoughts and prayers.
GOD BLESS AMERICA!!!