Monday, November 10, 2008

10 Nov 2008

Happy Birthday, USMC. This particular birthday reminds me of the one I celebrated on active duty in 1992. Most all the Marines I knew weren't enamored with the election results back then. Indeed, we were shocked. Then, we were told to get our pre-election paraphernalia down. We complied.

Then, we went back to work. That's what Marines do. That's what the nation does. It goes back to work.

Today, the USMC is 233 years young. It's older than the nation, as we Marines sometimes like to recall and remind others. It's older than national politics, I guess you could say.

As long as we have Marines and Americans who share their fighting spirit in the large and small of life, we'll be just fine. Sure, we'll be outnumbered at times. Heck, we'll often be outnumbered.

But numbers don't decide battles. Rather, fortitude, courage, and faithfulness do. Today, the Marines are deciding battles as they have for 233 years.

Semper Fidelis.