Months before the September 11th tragedy, my husband signed up for the United States Marine Corps. A dream of his since he was a child. When those planes hit those towers he had no idea. No television or newspapers in boot camp, you are lucky to get your weekly phone call!
Five years serving his country, building a brotherhood, and a sense of honor for being a Marine, my husband seems to be priming our children to follow in his footsteps. Yes, our three year old knows how to march, and on occasion call cadence.
“My mama can’t you see!
What this Corps has done for me!
Put me in a barber chair;
Snip snap and I had no hair!
And if I die in a combat zone;
Box me up and ship me home!
Put me in a set of dress blues,
comb my hair and shine my shoes!
Pin my medals upon my chest!
Tell my mama I did my best!
My mama don’t you cry;
Marine Corps motto is do or die!
There is nothing more heart warming than hearing my husband teach him, and sometimes even seeing the tears in his eyes showing the pride in his service. It is something my son, even at the young age of three is absorbing, and understands to an extent. In reality there is only so much a child of his age can learn and process of course.
I am sure as he grows my husband will continue the bonding, and teaching about how important it is for our sons, and daughters to serve our country. Especially with the enlistment rates slowly decreasing during the current middle east conflict our military is involved in.
As a mother is worries me on occasion that there is a good chance my children will want to follow in my husband’s foot steps, especially if we are still at war, but it will also fill me with a sense of pride to know my children will take the love of their country so seriously that they would be willing to serve.
Today on Veterans Day, take the time to remember all the men and women who have, and still serve today. Those who have given their lives for the freedoms we all love so much.