The following poem was sent from a Marine to his Dad.  For those who take the time to read it, you'll see a letter from this Marine 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 


July 23

Hey Dad, 

Do me a favor & label this 'The Marine' & send it to everybody on your email list.  Even leave this letter in it. I want this rolling all over the US & Canada & the World.  I want every home reading it. Every eye seeing it & every heart to feel it.  So can you please send this for me?  I would but my email time isn't that long & I don't have much time anyway.  You know what Dad?  I wondered what it would be like to truly understand what J.F.K. 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 & 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 & I miss you very much.  Give Mom a great big hug from me & give one to yourself too.







Someone pays for you and me. 




God bless you!