THE MARINE > > We all came together, > Both young and old. > To fight for our freedom, > To stand and be bold. > In the midst of all evil, > We stand our ground, > And we protect our country > From all terror around. > Peace and not war, > Is what some people say. > But I'll give my life, > So you can live the American way. > I give you the right > To talk of your peace. > To stand in your groups, > and protest in our streets. > But still I fight on, > I don't bitch, I don't whine. > I'm just one of the people > Who is doing your time. > I'm harder than nails, > Stronger than any machine. > I'm the immortal soldier, > I'm a US MARINE! > So stand in my shoes, > And leave from your home. > Fight for the people who hate you, > With the protests they've shown. > Fight for the stranger, > Fight for the young. > So they all may have, > The greatest freedom you've won. > Fight for the sick, > Fight for the poor.Fight for the cripple, > Who lives next door. > But when your time comes, > Do what I've done. > For if you stand up for freedom, > You'll stand when the fight's done. > By: Corporal Aaron M. Gilbert US Marine USS SAIPAN, PERSIAN GULF March 23, 2003 Hey Dad! Do me a favor and label this "The Marine" and send it to everybody on your email list. Even leave this letter in it. I want this rolling all over the U.S. I want every home reading it. Every eye seeing it. And every heart to feel it.. So can you please send this for me? I would but my email time isn't that long and I don't have much time anyway. You know what Dad? I wondered what it would be like to truly understand what JFK said in his inaugural speech. "When the time comes to lay down my life for my country, I do not cower from this responsibility. I welcome it." Well, now I know. And I do. Dad, I welcome the opportunity to do what I do. Even though I have left behind a beautiful wife, and I will miss! ! the birth of our first born child, I would do it 70 times over to fight for the place that God has made for my home. I love you all and I miss you very much. I wish I could be there when Sandi has our baby, but tell her that I love her, and Lord willing, I will be coming home soon. Give Mom a great big hug from me and give one to yourself too. Aaron In memory of SSGT. Thomas P. Stewart U.S.M.C. SSGT. James J. Beals U.S.M.C.