As most of you know, one of our two sons has been in the Marine Corps for the past four years-plus, has twice deployed to Anbar Province in Iraq, and has consequently been a part of the historic victory over al Qaeda. His younger brother is now two weeks away from completing the ordeal of Officer Candidates School at Quantico. If he makes it–so far, so good–he will then finish his college education (did you know that EVERY commissioned Marine officer has a college degree?) and become a 1st Lieutenant just under a year from now. It is not easy to describe what it’s like to be the parent of a Marine officer, because “proud” really doesn’t get you all the way there. The Marines are awesome. I don’t know another group anywhere that maintains such high standards (and yes, they are human, and they make mistakes, for which they are severely punished), or has such high values. And their ‘in your face’ attitude really helps both the Marines and their families, because it recalls Zero Mostel’s unforgettable outburst in “The Producers”: “When you’ve got it, flaunt it!”
So here they are, flaunting it. As they should:
And notice the URL: “Our Marines.” They sure are.