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November 10, 2013

Misguided Children Having Another Birthday


Happy 238th Birthday, Marines!
Yeah, I'm a *little* late to the party but only your party. Here on the Dark Side it's early afternoon. That's right, Sunday football starts before noon here. One a personal note, Happy Birthday to MH, the Spousal Unit, Grim, my BIL and his son - yeah, the nut really doesn't fall far from this family tree. As well as a very big Thank You for the blood, sweat and tears you gave to earn the title.
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Blackfive has a great video salute to Marines and the Corps up today. It's a great video with the soundtrack provided by Madison Rising.

My favorite Marine quote is the memorable one from Ronald Reagan:

"Some people wonder all their lives if they've made a difference. The Marines don't have that problem."
It a good quote, (although I've read that it wasn't originally Reagan's) because it speaks to the ethos that is instilled in recruits at basic. From the pride the DI's take in their Corps through the classes where recruits learn why and where that pride comes from. It begins to seep in that they, too, can feel the strength that comes from being in that band of brothers. That strength isn't just mental or figurative, though.
And when all is said and done, when the final formations flow like blue mercury across the parade deck and the transformation is complete, the people from your previous life recognize you but don't. They see the change but can't quite put their finger on what exactly is different. They speak of standing taller, a *different* bearing...you aren't that person they saw 2 1/2 months ago. And they're right.
You're a Marine now.
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Very few in our country these days volunteer their lives in service to our country and Constitution, even fewer still ever earn the right to call themselves Marines. Given the possiblity of combat duty these days, those that volunteer warrant high regard...no matter the service they choose to enter.
I've always considered myself amongst an even smaller subset, the wife of a Marine (and a longtime one, at that). So, today, in a small vicarious way, I also think of as a celebration for those women who have stood by their Marine through late nights and long deployments, 2 weeks of training every month and really screwy hours, and, lately, tours of duty at war - all in anticpation of the homecoming or hearing the car pull into the driveway...finally, and, on the rare occasion, getting a phone call (or text these days) that says, "Getting off a little early, let's go out for dinner". It's not an easy life, but life was never meant to be easy in the first place.
So, Happy Birthday, Marines! May you have many, many more.
Semper Fi!
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Posted by DL Sly at November 10, 2013 02:13 PM

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Not so lean,
Still bleed green;
Just as mean,
And still, MARINE!

Semper Fi!

Posted by: htom at November 10, 2013 07:23 PM

Happy Birthday Marines! And best wishes to those who have just as tough an assignment. The ones who wait for their Marines.

Hand salute from an old salt.

Posted by: bthun at November 10, 2013 09:13 PM

Well, howdy stranger! It does this heart good to see you here.

Posted by: DL Sly at November 11, 2013 12:30 AM

May God Bless each and every United States Marine, and their families.

Very Respectfully,

Posted by: CAPT Mike at November 11, 2013 02:22 AM

"Well, howdy stranger! It does this heart good to see you here. 0>;~}"

Walkin' Boss has been keeping me very, very busy lately with *insert spooky organ music* the task list. I'm hoping I survive the fall.

Once the Winter begins, I should have more slack time to drop by.

Anywho, my kindest regards and a tip of the hat to you Sly, the Villainous hostess, and all the villains.

And I'll use this opportunity to relay a message of hello and best regards to Grim too since I can't remember my password for commenting at the Hall. And as fate, or slack system management would have it, I'll have to crank up the ole unix box to get the reset password. That age old problem of first having to repair a tool to complete a job raises it ugly mug yet again.

Finally, on this 11th day of the 11th month, I'll add a wish that we all enjoy fond thoughts and memories of all our Veteran pals, past and present, here or elsewhere.

Posted by: bthun at November 11, 2013 01:28 PM

Good to see you too, Mr. Hun.

Posted by: Grim at November 11, 2013 06:31 PM

Semper Fi to an important part of the NAVY Department. ;-)

Posted by: CAPT Mongo at November 11, 2013 07:05 PM

Yeah, I hear you guys have the best boats to ride on the water for when *it* absolutely, positively has to be destroyed overnight.

Posted by: DL Sly at November 11, 2013 07:09 PM