Today marks the 229th birthday of the Marine Corps. This article posted at Powerline is a great tribute. Powerline also posted this letter written by a young Marine's dad. These are some awesome young Americans and we owe them a great debt.
"It is the soldier, not the reporter,
Who has given us freedom of the press.
"It is the soldier, not the poet,
Who has given us freedom of speech.
"It is the soldier, not the campus organizer,
Who has given us the freedom to demonstrate.
"It is the soldier, who salutes the flag,
Who serves beneath the flag,
And whose coffin is draped by the flag,
Who allows the protester to burn the flag."
-- Father Dennis Edward O'Brian, USMC
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