Ladies and gentlemen, boys and girls, friends, Romans, and countrymen, my Grandson is officially a U.S. Marine as of this morning, October 1, 2016. I can truthfully say this is the proudest moment of my life. I sincerely believe this past thirteen weeks was harder on me at home that when I went through boot camp 51 years ago. I salute all the young men and women that became Marines this morning. I have nothing but love, gratitude, and respect for each and every boy that became a man, and for each of the young ladies that became women. Wear the uniform with honor; you earned it. You are now a part of the most elite band of brothers and sisters on this planet; “The Few, the Proud, the Marines.”
I personally salute every Mom and Dad, brothers, sisters, wives, sons, daughters, grandparents, boyfriends, and girlfriends for your support during this time of transition. In an age when selfishness, entitlements, disrespect, and lawlessness is eating at the core of our nation, your young men and women, along with your support, have chosen to march to a different drum beat. Thank you so much for what you have given our nation!
Since 2:00 am Thursday morning crucible lights have been shining from the Mississippi River to the Atlantic Ocean. Crucible lights were turned on from the north to the south for those recruits that would endure 54 hrs of physical, mental, and moral challenges in order to earn the title of U.S. Marine. At the end of the grueling event those recruits, in a private ceremony, were awarded the EGA (the eagle, globe, and anchor) by the DI’s. Semper Fi!
Folks in our family rose early to await the announcement that the crucible was over. When we received the word, tears of joy flowed freely, hugs and kisses were exchanged, and of course I had to play the most beautiful song in the world, the Marine’s Hymn. I could almost see the goose bumps going up and down everyone’s spine as the music was blasted throughout the house. Messages were exchanged with other friends and family that weren’t here. It was a sight to behold at our house, and you can bet your bottom dollar, I was one proud pop pop.
Here’s what I’d like to do: Leave some comments if you had a loved one become a Marine today, is a Marine, or has served in the Marine Corps. Remember, “Once a Marine, always a Marine.” If you know of someone serving shout out loud and clear for the troops.
Usually The Espenblog is total insanity, but today is a special day, not only for our family, but for hundreds of others whose young men and women became U.S. Marines. I leave you with this: to our new Marines, “be proud, walk tall, be humble, have faith in God, and wear that uniform with honor. Let those comments come pouring in folks. Hit the like button, and please share this article with as many as possible.