Rightful liberty is unobstructed action according to our will within limits drawn around us by the equal rights of others.
~ Thomas Jefferson

Sunday, December 2, 2012

Pretty much every man in my family has served in the Armed Forces - Marines, soldiers, sailors and airmen - so I gladly repost this.

From Teresa-Sue at Traditions and Skills of Everyday Life:

A Marine wants this forwarded all over the net…

This is a poem being sent from a  Marine To his Dad. For those who take the time to read it, you’ll  see a letter from him to his dad at  the bottom. It makes you truly thankful for not only the  Marines, but All of our troops.  

We all came together,
Both young and  old
To fight for our freedom,
To stand and be bold.
In  the midst of all evil,
We stand our ground,
And we protect  our country
From all terror around..
Peace and not  war,
Is what some people say.
But I’ll give my life,
So  you can live the American way.
I give you the right
To  talk of your peace.
To stand in your groups,
And protest  in our  streets.
But still I fight on,
I don’t bitch,  I don’t whine.
I’m just one of the people
Who is doing  your time.
I’m harder than nails,
Stronger than any  machine.
I’m the immortal soldier,
I’m a U..S.  MARINE!
So  stand in my shoes,
And leave from your home.
Fight for the  people who hate you,
With the protests they’ve  shown.
Fight for the stranger,
Fight for the young.
So  they all may have,
The greatest freedom you’ve  won.
Fight for the sick,
Fight for the  poor.
Fight for the cripple,
Who lives next  door.
But when your time  comes,
Do what I’ve done.
For if you stand up for  freedom,
You’ll stand when the fight’s done

         By: Corporal Aaron M.  Gilbert , US Marine Corps USS SAIPAN, PERSIAN  GULF
July 23
Hey  Dad,
Do me a favor and label this ‘The Marine’ and send it to  everybody on your email list. Even leave this letter in it. I  want this rolling all over the US and Canada and The World. I  want every home reading it. Every eye seeing it. And every heart  to feel it. So can you please send this for me? I would but my  email time isn’t that long and I don’t have much time  anyway.
You know what Dad? I wondered what it would be like  to truly understand what JFK said in his inaugural speech.’When  the time comes to lay down my life for my country, I do not  cower from this responsibility. I welcome it.’ Well, now  I know. And I do.. Dad, I  welcome the opportunity to do what I do. Even though I have left  behind a beautiful wife, and I will miss the birth of our first  born child, I would do it 70 times over to fight for the place  that God has made for my home. I love you all and I miss you  very much. I wish I could be there when Sandi has our baby, but  tell her that I love her, and Lord willing,I will be  coming home soon. Give Mom a great big hug from me and give one  to yourself  too.

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