It’s What We Do…

For awhile, I kept an image of the US Marine Corps symbol in the back window of my car. Across from that, I had a picture of a US Marine handing an American flag to the mother of a fallen Marine. The caption read, “Marines Die. It’s What We Do.”

One day, my wife was coming out of Smiths grocery store, and saw an elderly man staring at my images in the back window of our car. She came home and told about the incident.

I mentioned that he was probably a Marine that was upset that he didn’t do his duty and die. A friend of mine responded that he was probably thinking about all his buddies that did do their duty.

This is rather belated Memorial Day tribute, in my own way.

6 thoughts on “It’s What We Do…

  1. StuTheWise

    The saying is a reference to Stanley Kubrick’s Full Metal Jacket.

    I actually got it wrong. According to the screenplay, it actually reads, “Most of you will go to Vietnam. Some of you
    will not come back. But always remember this:
    Marines die – that’s what we’re here for. But the
    Marine Corps lives forever – and that means you
    live forever.”

    Anyway, to me it has meaning that most can’t understand. Marines die because nobody else is willing to.

    Nice article by the way! Just goes to show that every Marine, even the cooks, are mean mother f’ers that you don’t wanna mess with ;)

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