There is a perception in the popular culture that those serving in the military are little more than unimaginative and uninformed automatons. For [those] that know us best, they know that we can be some of the most engaged, engaging, and creative people around.
My example for today was discovered a couple months ago.
Written by Jerry Collins, a fellow No-LOAD Marine.
Dread not the one conceived to come for you
But I, and the forefathers of the wings upon which I stand.
I too shall cast with my brothers
That beautiful and far-reaching shadow of freedom across the lands
So that the young, the old, and the innocent may escape your burning clinch,
Your wretched breath, and your sickening belch.
You will, fall to your demise.
And from one humongo-ginormous deafening echo of thunder
Across the blue skies of our great nation,
I will have rudely intruded, eaten the scraps from your table, slept in your bed,
And hand delivered the confiscation of your last breath.
…Your secret admirer,
United States Marine.
Offered to you as a reminder of the day, and of those that shielded us and continue to shield us from feeling the premature chill of Death's cold grip. In liberty, there is life.