Thursday, November 10, 2005

A Marine Birthday

It's not Sunday... but... I can't let today go without saying....

Happy Birthday Marines!! --Love the hair, love the uniform, love the attitude.

Thank you. Thank you so much.

Out of the blue I received an email from from Abe. Now, I'm sure you are asking, Cath... who's this Abe guy? Well, I don't know. I just checked my email Wednesday morning and there was this email... from Abe... with this poem... and a bunch of other poems... My Sunday post reported the serious rut I have been in for the past few weeks and how I was basically losing it. Sometimes it takes a dose of reality, a kick in the pants, and God's hand to put things into perspective. So, Abe... thanks for dropping me a note and thanks for permission to print them. Your poems are wonderful and I look forward to sharing more of them with your permission.

(November 10)

Eight years after they were formed
At the end of the Revolutionary War
All the Navy’s ships were sold
Marines and Sailors were no more.

Then, in Seventeen ninety-eight
The Marines once more came to be
And they fought Barbary pirates
Along the “Shores of Tripoli”.

During the War of Eighteen Twelve
They defended Washington
Along with many other Operations
Before that War was done.

They served in the Mexican War
And among Battles that they fought
One to the “Halls of Montezuma”
Alongside General Winfield Scott.
“Bull Run” during the Civil War
And blockades at Cape Hatteras
At New Orleans and Charleston
And Fort Fisher toward the last.

The Spanish-American War
The Boxer Rebellion in China
Fights in Cuba, Mexico, Haiti
In Nicaragua and Panama.

On the Battlefields of France
The “Devil Dogs” earned their name
And many thousands killed or wounded
In World War One’s deadly game.

And most of us know their stories
About the Heroes of WWII
There’s some seem impossible
But we all know they’re true.

During the War in Korea
Twenty-five thousand gave their all
Fighting many gallant battles
Answering our Country’s call.

“The Cold War” found them everywhere
In countries all around the Earth
Trying hard to keep the Peace
And showing all their worth.

In Sixty-Five they landed in Da Nang
With eighty-five thousand “in country”
They served with Pride and Honor
Although our Country would not see.

On their Two Hundred Thirtieth Birthday
We have them serving in Iraq
As well as so many other places
To try to hold the Terrorists back.

Maybe someday there will be Peace
And Good Will on Earth and more
But until then lets all give Thanks
We have the United States Marine Corps.


So... feeling sorry for myself... how can I after reading this poem about our finest? Perspective...

An organization of Marines was authorized when the Continental Congress made the following resolution on November 10, 1775:

“Resolved, That two battalions of Marines be raised consisting of one colonel, two lieutenant-colonels, two majors, and other officers, as usual in other regiments; that they consist of an equal number of privates with other battalions; that particular care be taken that no persons be appointed to office, or enlisted into said battaions but such as are good seamen, or so acquainted with maritime affairs as to be able to serve with advantage by sea when required; that they be enlisted and commissioned to serve for and during the present War with Great Britain and the colonies, unless dismissed by order of Congress; that they be distinguished by names of First and Second Battalions of American Marines, and that they be considered as part of the number which the Continental Army before Boston is ordered to consist of.”

courtesy of Scuttlebutt & Small Chow

To test your knowledge about the Marines, go here. If you went through boot camp and don't know this... well... that wouldn't happen, would it?
Go visit Abe and drop him a note. Scuttlebutt has a nice website... Go visit all the blogs by Marines (I have a few on my blog roll) and wish them a happy birthday and thank them.

Always Faithful

Marine posters courtesy of Bluejacket


Jedi Master Rob said...

Great post Cathy!

chrys said...

ROB is a very intelligent person! DITTO