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A friend posted this on Facebook.

THE FINAL INSPECTION

The Marine stood and faced God, Which must always come to pass. He hoped his shoes were shining, Just as brightly as his brass.

'Step forward now, Marine, How shall I deal with you? Have you always turned the other cheek? To My Church have you been true?'

The Marine squared his shoulders and said, 'No, Lord, I guess I ain't. Because those of us who carry guns, Can't always be a saint.

I've had to work most Sundays, And at times my talk was tough. And sometimes I've been violent, Because the world is awfully rough.

But, I never took a penny, That wasn't mine to keep... Though I worked a lot of overtime, When the bills got just too steep.

And I never passed a cry for help, Though at times I shook with fear. And sometimes, God, forgive me, I've wept unmanly tears.

I know I don't deserve a place, Among the people here. They never wanted me around, Except to calm their fears

If you've a place for me here, Lord, It needn't be so grand. I never expected or had too much, But if you don't, I'll understand.

There was a silence all around the throne, Where the saints had often trod. As the Marine waited quietly, For the judgment of his God.

'Step forward now, Marine, You've borne your burdens well. Walk peacefully on Heaven's streets, You've done your time in Hell.'

~Author Unknown~

It's the Soldier, not the reporter Who has given us the freedom of the press. It's the Soldier, not the poet, Who has given us the freedom of speech. It's the Soldier, not the politicians That ensures our right to Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Happiness. It's the Soldier who salutes the flag, Who serves beneath the flag, And whose coffin is draped by the flag.
 

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Yeah, I've seen this lots of times....and it still resonates and makes me proud to have served. There are so many brave Americans from all wars that have served even though they would rather have done other things with their lives. A lot of them are scattered amongst cemeterys all over the world. A lot of them will never be found. They died lonely deaths doing what was asked of them. A lot of them come home broken, both physically and emotionally, and challenged to continue living. A lot of them come home with flags draped over their coffins. I can imagine somewhat the fears and horrors that they endured as they stood in front of the British army, charged up Mount Suribachi, waded ashore at Normandy or tried to keep themselves afloat on a flaning sea as their ship sank. I can only imagine a little. Most of us never know how much we really owe them. Please, let us never forget.
 

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MyFred said:
Yeah, I've seen this lots of times....and it still resonates and makes me proud to have served. There are so many brave Americans from all wars that have served even though they would rather have done other things with their lives. A lot of them are scattered amongst cemeterys all over the world. A lot of them will never be found. They died lonely deaths doing what was asked of them. A lot of them come home broken, both physically and emotionally, and challenged to continue living. A lot of them come home with flags draped over their coffins. I can imagine somewhat the fears and horrors that they endured as they stood in front of the British army, charged up Mount Suribachi, waded ashore at Normandy or tried to keep themselves afloat on a flaning sea as their ship sank. I can only imagine a little. Most of us never know how much we really owe them. Please, let us never forget.
It's almost as if they no longer teach history in schools.
 

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It's a modified history that they indoctrinate our children with now!!
 

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History to me is opening my mothers safe, and gazing upon my fathers Asiatic Pacific Theater Ribbon.

.......and knowing the sacrifices that those brave men had to endure in order to receive it.
 

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Yes, we all owe so much....and most have forgotten.... :(
 

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Thank You for posting this.

And a giant THANK YOU!! to all those who have served both past, and present, and those who plan to do so in the future.
 

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Great post Adam5!!! I've not read this before but I'm sure it fits easily into anyone that has served in the military. People need to remember that its the men and women that serve our country are the ones who help us keep our liberties and freedom. Not a day goes by that I don't think about them, my dad, or my friends who till this day have been fighting in the sandbox. It makes me proud to be an american.
 
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