November 10, 2009
they join knowing the risks, certain they will be the ‘first to fight’. they defined the standards of pride, honor, courage, esprit de corps, and military prowess. and baby, when you are in serious trouble, you want to see the marines!
so i’ll borrow a toast from former commandant of the Marine Corps, general louis h. wilson given at 203rd Marine Corps Birthday Ball at camp lejueune in 1978:
The wonderful love of a beautiful maid,
The love of a staunch true man,
The love of a baby, unafraid,
Have existed since time began.
But the greatest of loves, The quintessence of loves.
even greater than that of a mother,
Is the tender, passionate, infinite love,
of one drunken Marine for another.
happy, happy 234th birthday to america’s 911 force, the United States Marine Corps!