This is a poem sent from a Marine to his Dad. For those who take the time to read it, you’ll see his original letter at the bottom of this article. It makes you truly thankful for not only the Marines, but for all our troops.
By: Corporal Aaron M. Gilbert , US Marine Corps USS SAIPAN, PERSIAN GULF
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 people
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 greatest 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
Do me a favor and label this ‘The Marine’ and send it to everybody. Even leave this letter in it. I want this rolling all over the US and Canada and The World. I want every home reading it. Every eye seeing it. And every heart to feel it. So can you please send this for me? I would but my email time isn’t that long and I don’t have much time anyway.
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 Sandi has our baby, but tell her that I love her, and Lord willing, I will be coming home soon. Give Mom a great big hug from me and give one to yourself too.
Let’s help Aaron’s dad spread the word …
FREEDOM isn’t FREE
Someone pays for you and me.
God bless you!
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Semper-fi to all of our brave and heroic marines from an ancient sailor (Vietnam era).
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Excellent poem. It needs to be elevated to National attention.
Heart breaking, inspiring, so proud of all our service members, God bless & safe return.Debo
I have so may thoughts one is this country has forgotten the how brave men and women fought and are still laying ther lives down for our freedom. Sacrificing there’s for ours.yet people are so jaded and only care about themselves. I can’t thank you enough! As I weep at how this nation is falling apart these men are still serving please wake up America love one another as Christ has loved you and gave his life to redeem his people. Thank you 🇺🇸
Wonderful! Beautifully and clearly describes the heartfelt commitment of troops. The letter is one any parent would be proud to receive. A sincere and articulate statement of a mission by a real American man.
What a truly awesome poem and letter. I am third generation military, my dad was a Pearl Harbor survivor and I had two Uncles who served under General George Patton in the 3rd Army in Belgium. I am a US Navy Vietnam Vet and I have relatives who have served I Panama, Golf 1, Golf 2, Afghanistan and have 2 nephews who are now serving 1 in the Seabees and the other in the US Air Force . God bless you Marine and thank you! My prayer is for you safe return to your loved ones and to your fellow Marines. Freedom isn’t free! God Bless the US Military.
Did the Soldier come home safely to his family?
Anyway to get a copy of this soldier? I need like 16×20 for a friend whose son is a Marine.