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Something to be thankful for . . .

Thursday, December 06, 2012

This piece was forwarded to me by a friend and it just made me so proud that my son is a soldier. I for one am passing this on.

This is a poem being sent from a MarineTo 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. As the Mom of a soldier, my son makes me very proud!

Hugs and prayers to all our soldiers and families.


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,
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.


Member Comments About This Blog Post:
K1TT3N 1/11/2013 12:30PM

    Thanks for sharing. Please tell your son Thanks for all he does for each and everyone one of us everyday

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INFLATED 1/10/2013 5:40PM

    It spoke to my heart, thanks. May God bless them, each and every one.

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TRI_BABE 12/29/2012 10:17PM

    Thanks for posting this. My niece is in the Army, we are proud of her.

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WENDYJM4 12/28/2012 6:18AM

    thanks for sending this on. Beautiful

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BROWNCOFIDDLER 12/24/2012 8:32AM

    What a wonderful poem and letter. If you don't mind, I'm gonna share this too. My Jared isn't a Marine, he's in the Army, but it's still so relevant. Hope your John is doing real well and is fully recovered from his injuries. Big (((hugs))). emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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LEANJEAN6 12/20/2012 8:20AM

    We in Canada are so proud of yer son too--Whatta lovely poem---Lynda emoticon

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KARRENLYNN 12/17/2012 8:27PM

    What a beautiful poem and I'm thankful for all of our military men and women.

May they all be safe and come home soon.


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IAMAGEMLOVER 12/17/2012 4:35PM

    This is touching. Our soldiers have my deepest respect and gratitude. Have you ever watched the television program Coming Home with Billy Ray Cyrus. It makes me cry sometimes, very moving.

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EVWINGS 12/17/2012 11:26AM

    What a wonderful poem! Thank you for sharing. To all current active members, thank you for help keeping us safe. To all veterans: Thank you for serving and if you were in Viet Nam, Welcome Home! one can oppose a war without opposing our fine service people. They are special for doing what they do.

All Viet Nam era vets:
Husband #1 = US Army - served in Nam
Husband #2 = US Air Force - stayed in the states during tour of duty
Current Husband = US Navy - served in Nam

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BECCABOO127 12/17/2012 3:28AM

    Thank you for sharing this. This is wonderful!

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FITNHEALTHYKAL 12/12/2012 5:08AM

    As a Marine, wife of a Marine, mom of a Marine, this is one of my favorites....thank you for sharing it forward. Oorah and Semper Fi! So many Marines who are injured and COULD stay back beg to get back with their buddies. So hard for others to understand. We have a saying - "It's a Marine thing." but I've come to learn it's an American hero "thing".


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KICKINGKILOS 12/11/2012 11:51AM

    Thanks for sharing this ;)

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KICKINGKILOS 12/11/2012 11:37AM

    Thanks for sharing this ;)

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MOSTMOM1 12/11/2012 9:41AM

    God bless them all. Thank you for sharing.

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LEANJEAN6 12/11/2012 8:12AM

    You are so funny-I read yer comment on my blog and started to laugh---Thanks for comin g to THE Party----another year!!--LOL---and yes, a veggie platter sounds good----I'm serving a calorie-less cake too----Lotza fun!!!!--LOL-----Lynda emoticon

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SPARKFRAN514 12/11/2012 12:38AM

    What a lovely and moving letter it made me think of all our service men and women serving our country and reminded me we how thankful we should be sorry my is so late missed that you had posted a blog and a wonder tribute to those who serve us . it brings to mind the song I will be home for Christmas if only in my dreams. even thought it was written during WW ll it is so is still so meaningful today. thank you to all families who are sharing their loved one with us so we can be free and have Christmas with our families. emoticon

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RONNIEHUEY 12/10/2012 12:25PM

    This brought tears to my eyes.I'm proud of my soldier emoticon emoticon and I'm proud of all our young men and women who are serving to keep us free.

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CLAIREINPARIS 12/9/2012 2:12PM

    Such a special blog... Your pride for your son always makes me very happy.

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SUSIESLIM62 12/9/2012 10:56AM

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LEANJEAN6 12/7/2012 7:06AM

    Oh Barb--It makes me almost cry--It's yer son!!! Bless him!!!---You are one strong Mom--Lynda emoticon

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HZGLORY 12/7/2012 4:37AM

    Barb, Great Poem and letter. I have two fathers that have been in the military, one Air Force and one Navy, and one Brother Army so I agree with you about being proud for our soldiers as you are of your Son. I know as a mother it is a whole different feeling and worry. I support you and your son in what he does for his country.

Hugs Susan

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HZGLORY 12/7/2012 4:35AM

    Barb, Great Poem and letter. I have two fathers that have been in the military, one Air Force and one Navy, and one Brother Army so I agree with you about being proud for our soldiers as you are of your Son. I know as a mother it is a whole different feeling and worry. I support you and your son in what he does for his country.

Hugs Susan

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MELIVA 12/6/2012 11:10PM

    Oh Sugar, your pride is showing. emoticon

Thanks for sharing.

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MSLZZY 12/6/2012 10:11PM

    From my SIL, a former Marine and now NG, DH,
father, FIL, 2 brothers and numerous cousins who
are all veterans, I applaud you for passing this on.

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EBEAMS 12/6/2012 9:47PM

    Yes ma'am ... our children can certainly be our heroes ...

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ONEKIDSMOM 12/6/2012 7:37PM

    Absolutely agree! Proud mama, with every right to be... for our kids put their lives where their values are!

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MADAMES 12/6/2012 7:07PM

Thanks for sharing! And yes, you have every right to be proud of your son!


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JESSICABOOTY 12/6/2012 6:58PM

    What a wonderful poem...really says it all. I served as an officer in the Navy during the VietNam war and was married to another officer for many years. There is nothing that can surpass the honor of serving.

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SAMI199 12/6/2012 6:30PM

    Thanks, I will be passing it on.

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LIVINGFREE19 12/6/2012 6:24PM

    This is a very beautiful blog!

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PATRICIAANN46 12/6/2012 6:10PM

  Hi Barb..........
emoticon so much for your blog. I think that most of have military members of our families and realize how appreciative we should be for their service. They are definitely responsibile for our freedom and we need to remember that on a daily basis. emoticon to you and your soldier.......

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SHARON10002 12/6/2012 6:02PM

    Wow, thanks for sharing this. As a wife of a retired navy man and now a Blue Star mom this is very touching. We never need to be reminded of this as we live this every day our sons and daughters are doing what they are doing so bravely and valiantly. He's right, more people need to see this and read it, and appreciate what what so few of our citizens choose to do.

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DLDMIL 12/6/2012 2:50PM

    Thank you so much for sharing.

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SLIMMERJESSE 12/6/2012 1:17PM

    Tears in my eyes reading this blog. I never take my freedom for granted, or forget those who have served or serving. My deepest appreciation has seen lifelong expression, not just when society thinks it's cool to thank a soldier. So, thank you to your son and for all sons and daughters out there. I want you all home right now.

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LINDAKAY228 12/6/2012 1:13PM

    Awesome! My brother retired from the military a couple of years ago after 20 years, first in the Marines for 10 years then in the Army reserves for another 10 and was in Desert Storm and after 9/11 in Afghanistan. I'm so proud of him and all our military!

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EVER-HOPEFUL 12/6/2012 12:35PM

    great being an army brat myself i also appreciate allthat the armed forces do all over the world,the family members i have lost to war and my family members still fighting.thanks for sharing love.i will pass it on.this should have gone the rounds around rememberance sunday.maybe you can repost it at that time next year. emoticon
p.s i forgot to is john doing is his walking coming along?

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GAMMY98 12/6/2012 12:18PM

    Thanks so much for sharing this.

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ILOVEMALI 12/6/2012 11:39AM

    How is your son doing? Updates! xoxo, Deb

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WORLDSERIES11 12/6/2012 11:29AM

    That is beautiful!!! How is your son doing? Hope he is progressing in his rehab.

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PROVERBS31JULIA 12/6/2012 11:19AM

    Think I'll send this to our little Marine just finishing up his Boot Camp at Parris Island!! (and to his parents!) Thanks!!


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