"No Marine was ever honored for what they received.
Honor was the reward for what they gave." (Anonymous)
Semper Fi! Heart is sacred ground, a special place to pause, to remember, pay tribute, show pride, honor and respect to our Marine brothers and sisters who have served our country so proudly and gallantly.
From a wheat field at Gettysburg, to the beaches of Normandy and Iwo Jima, a frozen hilltop in Korea, a jungle in Vietnam or barren desert sands of the Middle East, millions of American men and women have served our country, risk death or lost their lives during the great wars of the 20th century.
I honor my Marine brothers and sisters and all Americans who have served our country and those who died fighting for freedom. Although countless men and women unselfishly gave much more than will ever be fully realized, it seems that many tend to forget that these men and women were real people whose lives and whose families' lives were forever altered.
WE MUST REMEMBER! If we do not, those that have served our country and the sacrifice of those men and women who gave their lives will be meaningless. They served our country, died for us, their homes, families' and friends, for a collection of traditions they cherished and a future they believed in; and gave their lives for America.
These wars touched the lives of Americans of all ages, all races, and all social classes. Fathers, sons, daughters, sweethearts were killed in action, never returned, or were wounded, and those that returned were forever changed.
They came from small towns, farms, the big city. They enlisted, or were drafted. They were boys and girls who became men and women. They were educated, uneducated, they were rich or poor, black, white, Hispanic, male and female.
They fought, or did not have to fight. They were wounded or escaped injury. They died or escaped death. They returned home with honor and glory, or hate and revulsion. They were respected or reviled. They had a welcome home parade or none at all. They had served, fought and died for their country.
As long as there are aggressors and where liberty and freedom are threatened, there will be those brave men and women who will rise up to protect America and the God-given rights of others.
WE MUST REMEMBER! We must tell the stories of those who served, who fought and died in freedom's cause. We must tell their stories because those who have served their country and those who lost loved ones need to know that a grateful Nation will always remember. We must tell their stories so that our children and grandchildren understand what our lives might have been like had it no been for their sacrifice. The thousands of us who served with and fought alongside brave friends who fell will never hear "Taps" played without remembering them, nor will their families and friends.
In remembering their service and sacrifice, we recognize the tradition of freedom they fought to preserve. These men and women had faith in the future and by their acts gave us the will to preserve peace for all time.
" Greater love has no one than this, than to lay
down his life for his friends."
"Some people come into our lives and quickly go. They leave
footprints on our hearts, and we are never ever the same."
Their sacrifice, service to our country and unwavering pursuit of freedom has not and will not be forgotten!Click here to add your text.
A Proud USMC Veteran
This page was last updated on: June 21, 2013
A special thank you to my friends Doug Kidd and Doc for the beautiful graphics created for Semper Fi! Heart.