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Old 12-21-2012, 09:28 PM   #1
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I witnessed the incredible today...

There is a poem, it's called Dad's Poem... today, I witnessed this poem, in a way, come to life.

Anyway, my wife works at a local elementary school. She called me, saying I just had to get to the school to see what was about to happen.

They have a tradition of holding a Parent's Day on the Friday before Christmas each year. The folks and their kids all eat donuts, then go off to the classrooms, where the parents are introduced. This has become a very popular event.

To set the stage, a little girl... in the 4th grade... transferred in mid-year. Her mom had just moved back to her folks home because her husband had been killed in Afghanistan, just prior to the end of a deployment.

In her classroom, the moms and dads were being introduced... but the teacher held the little girl's introduction 'til last. Her mom walked up to the front of the classroom when introduced... then the teacher opened a side door and a single Marine walked in and stood next to the little girl and her mom. This Marine announced, in a manner only a Marine can, he was there to represent this little girl's daddy.

Apparently, the little girl's father had mentioned to some of his buddies, how much he's enjoyed going to the Parent's Days at his daughter's school. A Marine remembered this, contacted the school and asked if it would be Okay to attend in the little girl's father's place.

Not much else to say... except for Semper Fi!
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Old 12-21-2012, 09:46 PM   #4
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Very heart warming, to say the least!, Thanks, too, for sharing it!
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Old 12-21-2012, 09:50 PM   #5
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Thanks for sharing such a heart warming story.
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My son, Army special forces (weapons specialist), just completed 4 tours in Pakistan and Afganistan. On his last tour, a few months before his return, he was driving a hummer and drove over an IED that demolished their vehicle. His team, shaken badly, all made it back home to the USA. My son has a 9 year old daughter and a 6 year old son. That could have been my son. Reading this story, my wife and I can hardly hold back our tears. Thank God for those who are willing to leave their wives and babies to pay the ultimate price, if necessary, for our freedom. He has just been transferred from Ft. Bragg to Ft. Belvoir. Hopefully home to stay.
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My son, Army special forces (weapons specialist), just completed 4 tours in Pakistan and Afganistan. On his last tour, a few months before his return, he was driving a hummer and drove over an IED that demolished their vehicle. His team, shaken badly, all made it back home to the USA. My son has a 9 year old daughter and a 6 year old son. That could have been my son. Reading this story, my wife and I can hardly hold back our tears. Thank God for those who are willing to leave their wives and babies to pay the ultimate price, if necessary, for our freedom. He has just been transferred from Ft. Bragg to Ft. Belvoir. Hopefully home to stay.
While I am sad to hear of your son's injuries, I am happy he survived and is, hopefully, on the way to a full recovery.

There is a bond that forms among men and women who serve together, in harms way, that goes far beyond what most folks can wrap their minds around. Your son's team were and are, literally, his brothers... anyone of whom, would've done anything for him.

What this Marine did today was nothing "special" to him, he was honoring an unstated commitment combat veterans make to each other... this Marine had his buddy's "back".

It's not overly melodramatic to say, when ever or where ever this little girl goes, every good Marine will stand up for her...
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One thing I failed to mention... this Marine was adamant, he did not want to hailed as "some hero", in his words, he refused to have photos of him taken and absolutely refused having the local media contacted.

I will not mention the school, nor the city in which this occurred.
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From an old Army Vet a BIG SEMPER FI to this Gentelman. And A BIG Thank you to all who are serving and have served. May they be blessed for their service.

MERRY CHRISTMAS TO ALL.
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My son, Army special forces (weapons specialist), just completed 4 tours in Pakistan and Afghanistan. On his last tour, a few months before his return, he was driving a hummer and drove over an IED that demolished their vehicle. His team, shaken badly, all made it back home to the USA. My son has a 9 year old daughter and a 6 year old son. That could have been my son. Reading this story, my wife and I can hardly hold back our tears. Thank God for those who are willing to leave their wives and babies to pay the ultimate price, if necessary, for our freedom. He has just been transferred from Ft. Bragg to Ft. Belvoir. Hopefully home to stay.
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Please tell your son in my behalf to thank you so deeply for his service to this country and to the Afghans and Pakistanis. I wish him speedy recovery as well!

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