My father is a “Lifer” Marine. Vietnam 2 tours, Korea 1, front lines. 28 years in the service. Although I am opposed to war, I believe in the Freedom we share as Americans. The reason I have luxury to say, “I am opposed to war,” is because men and women like my father commit their lives to keeping me protected.
“Thank You Soldier.” I say this to each person I see in uniform…in an airport, a mall, a restaurant. I invite you to go out of your comfort zone and say those words. You will be greeted with a deep gratitude-honor these men and women.
My dad left the Marines, the first real family he ever knew, to take care of me when I was 4. My mom died and he sacrificed his career, his 30 year retirement, his true love of the Marines to care for my sister and I in the best way he could-by releasing the Corps. This is a real man, my Dad.
I am so proud to be his daughter. Fortunately I had the opportunity to take my Dad to the Marine Corps Museum outside of Quantico VA where he was the Operations Chief of the base. It was one of the highlights of my life, watching him introduce me to his world; a world of sandbags, tanks, guns, and Honor, Integrity and Love. It was a day I will never, ever forget. Please watch this video made by a 15 year old Lizzie Palmer. It means something to each of us who enjoy living a free life in America; free to choose…pretty much everything. Blessings, Robbi