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This is a poem being sent from a marine. For those who read it, please pass
it on to all those you know. It makes you truly be thankful for all of our troops.

THE MARINE
We all came together,
Both young and old.
To fight for our freedom,
To stand and be bold.

In the midst of all evil,
We stand our ground,
And we protect our country
From all terror around.

Peace and not war,
Is what some people say.
But I'll give my life,
So you can live the American way.

I give you the right
To talk of your peace,
To stand in your groups,
And protest in our streets.

But still I fight on.
I don't bitch, I don't whine.
I'm just one of the men
Who is doing your time.

I'm harder than nails,
Stronger than any machine,
I'm the immortal soldier,
I'm a U.S. MARINE!

So stand in my shoes,
And leave from your home.
Fight for the people who hate you,
With the protests they've shown.

Fight for the stranger,
Fight for the young,
So they all may have,
The great freedom you've won.

Fight for the sick,
Fight for the poor.
Fight for the cripple,
Who lives next door.

But when your time comes,
Do what I've done.
For if you stand up for freedom
You'll stand when the fight's done.


~Corporal Aaron M. Gilbert~
~UNITED STATES MARINE~
~'USS SAIPAN, PERSIAN GULF~

MARCH 23, 2003

HEY DAD, DOWN HERE. Do me a favor and label this "THE MARINE" and send it
to everybody on your distribution list. Even leave this paragraph in it. I
want this rolling all over the U.S. I want every home reading it. Every
eye to see it. And every heart to feel it. So can you please send this out
for me? I would but I am sorta on the USS SAIPAN and my e-mail time isn't
that long. You know what Dad, I wondered what it would be like to truly
understand what JFK said in his inaugural speech, "When the time comes to
lay down my life for my country, I do not cower from this responsibility, I
welcome it." Well, now I know. And I do, Dad, I welcome the opportunity to
do what I do. Even though I have left behind a beautiful wife, and I will
miss the birth of our first-born child, I would do it 70 times over to fight
for the place that God has made for my home. I love you all and I miss you
very much. I wish I could be there when my wife has our child, but tell her
that I love her, and Lord willing, I will be coming home soon.

~SEMPER, FI.~ ~AARON~

*Please KEEP AARON AND HIS WIFE AND HIS UNBORN CHILD IN YOUR PRAYERS

Semper Fi!






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