Uncommon Valor Was a Common Virtue

It is 8:30 at night and I have to get moving. I have a post to publish. I have several drafts in works and all I have to do is pull one up and finish my writing, work through my edits, and press that wonderful “Publish” button.

Yet, my plans change. I first call my father to check in and he tells me its his birthday. Knowing that his true birthday is in May, I quickly realize that today is November 10th, the birthday of the United States Marine Corps. My father is a proud Marine veteran and I grew up with a deep respect for the Marines.

As I sit to write, my spirit is moved to turn on my television. Why? Before saying goodnight to my father, he mentioned that he was going to watch a PBS special on the Marines. I need to write, yet I need to watch more.

The special is a remembrance of the Battle at Iwo Jima. The first half hour is a documentary of the battle that raged on the small island in 1945. The second half of the show takes us into the current lives of the survivors, American and Japanese. These survivors all come together, back to Iwo Jima, at the site that changed all their lives. They call it A Reunion of Honor and it is deeply moving to watch.

We remember and will not forget. Happy Birthday and all honor to Marines … past, present and future.

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