‘We have chosen to be here. But you, family and friends, have not. You have been roped into the United States Marine Corps with no choice. But your support is a choice. And these men need it,’ said the commanding officer during his speech at the United States Marine Corps School of Infantry graduation ceremony at Camp Pendleton yesterday.
He went on to say how most of the young marines standing before us will be in combat soon. Their safety cannot be guaranteed. But marines take care of one another, and they will be taken care of, he promised. Taking care in Afghanistan is not the same as taking care here in Southern California, though.
The ceremony was less formal than the boot camp graduation at MCRC I attended a few months ago. The message though, was much more harsh.
I am proud of my cousin and the marines he stands tall beside. The service they’re providing is beyond admirable. But it was not easy hearing him say ‘I don’t know when I’ll see you again…’ as he hugged me goodbye.
Good luck, Lovato, Meredith, Pasillas and all of you marines. Peace, prayers and power be with you. Godspeed.