That church held a celebratory service this past Sunday that included a tribute to the U.S. with special emphasis on those who have served. There was a formal military presentation of colors which included members of the Navy, Marines, Army and Air Force in the color guard. There was one other service member present, and in dress blues, Our young Marine.
There was a several minutes long thunderous standing ovation as he slowly made his was up the stairs to face the huge congregation. He gave a wonderfully done, short speech and I'm sure there were few dry eyes listening to his mention of fellow Marines less fortunate than he. He received a second standing ovation as he returned slowly to his seat. As you might imagine that young Marine and his wife were swarmed by well-wishers at the end of the service.
He is a big hunter, but due to his military service, he has not had a lot of opportunities in his young life. I am very grateful that the owner of the outfitting business we've hunted for several years stepped up and offered a free hunt to me, for our Marine friend. I also promised him that I would try and arrange a deer hunt for him this fall, previous to our trip to Georgia for hogs. I must admit that I admire his postive outlook, attitude and drive and I am lucky to have been able to have meet this fine young man and to also have the opportunity soon to hunt with him.
I thought this episode might be something to think about tomorrow as we celebrate our great Nation's Birthday. There are many more service members that could use an uplift, be sure of that. I understand that we have other holidays that celebrate our brave service members, both past & present, but I personally think that in these times we should keep them in our hearts and minds more often than a few holidays a year. Thanks for taking the time to read.