Sunday, November 11, 2007

"Hear them, listen to the voices: These are the Marines, the hard men who fight our wars, unscripted and always honest.

"Except, of course, when we lie."

from author James Brady in his new book, "Why Marines Fight." Click the link for a longer excerpt.

Yesterday was the United States Marine Corps' 232 Birthday, and all over the world Marines paused to consider their unique tradition of dedication and service to our Country.

I've come to know many Marines over the years, mostly after their time in the Corps. You can see a continued commitment to the Corps' values of Honor, Courage, and Commitment. In two cases, I've seen former Marines called back into service, and despite the attendant sacrifice and hardship, they both went back to do their duty without complaint and shouldered the burden quietly.

I've come to understand that Marines are special people. And has been said before, as long as we have young men and women willing to become Marines, our Nation will endure.

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