Young gentlemen will soon defend our Freedom.

Steve DeFillippo’s Point of View

Young gentlemen will soon defend our Freedom.

Walking on the beach, I noticed that the U.S. Marines had landed and established a Naples beachhead with a large red canopy with the U.S Marine Corps logo. They had their new recruits with them. This seems to be an annual ritual in Naples.

I approached three young men with short haircuts and asked if they were Marine recruits, to which one responded. “Yes sir!”

I asked: When are you leaving for Parris Island? “April, Sir!” was their reply. So what is it that you are doing here today? “Sir, we are getting in shape.”

We chatted a bit about their plans and then I said that 54 years ago I joined the Corps and it was the most positive life changing experience of my life; and you will probably feel the same way. “Yes Sir, I know; my grandfather was a Marine, sir!”

Then, the most unexpected thing happened when one of the recruits shook my hand and said: “Thank you for your service, sir!" Since I have never served in combat, I did not feel I deserved this honor, but it left a lump in my throat. I wished them good luck, shook their hands; one man said: "Semper Fi"; and I left before I shed a tear.

Thinking about these young gentlemen, soon to be called: Marine, totally amazed me that young adults could grasp the significance of what role our military plays in today’s care free life we have in the USA; and that these men are so willing and able to defend our freedom.

The experience continues to make me very proud of all our military who sacrifice so much for us and yet, I hope and pray that we all actively Support Our Troops; they overwhelmingly deserve it.

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dccurt writes:

It's been 47 years for me since I did the "Yellow Footprints" at PI. Thank God for these young men.
I don't know if you made Vietnam or not. "PTSD" is real and a problem with combatants and support troops alike. Today's troops are asked to do many tours in hostile area's where in VN one was more common. My opinion, this will be a hardship on those who served and their families in the future. At the rate we are going, this volunteer service is not working. I think we need another draft, a non deferred draft. If it is worth fighting, then everyone should have equal chance of being involved. Collage men and woman, kids working or not, everyone. Hmmm, might also be the way to end war if the right kids are drafted. Yes some will say the nation will be better with educated kids. I say that was the reasoning with the deferred draft during Vietnam. That didn't work, did it? Look at the country now.

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