241st Marine Corps Birthday Message

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Commandant of the US Marine Corps Gen. Robert Neller and Sgt. Maj. Ronald Green speak to Marines and sailors about the importance of reunions and staying connected. (US Marine corps courtesy motion imagery/Released)

Video by Sgt. Gregory Boyd, Lance Cpl. Dominic Clay, Matthew Gleeson, Cpl. Dominic Helton, Cpl. August Light, Rick Robinson and Lance Cpl. Christopher Varnell, HQMC Combat Camera


Ask me what I was, I'll reply with what I've done. Those things others would not do, I did. Those rivers others would not swim, I swam. Those hills others would not climb, I conquered. Those bridges others would not cross, I crossed. I've celebrated, I've mourned, I have smiled, and I've frowned. I have seen death and felt its warm breath. It did not faze me, for I was different: I was a warrior. You ask me what I was, it was my destiny. Until my last breath. To be a United States Marine my spirit shall live forever. Semper fidelis. For I was, am, and shall forever be a United States Marine. The cohesion of a unit involves the physical, spiritual, cognitive connection of the Marines in that unit. Because we are a team. We remember the team, we remember the people we served with, we remember the hard times, we remember the good times. And so when you leave the Corps, as we're all going to do eventually, I think that's the thing that people miss. They miss that feeling of being part of something bigger than themselves. You'll sweat for each other, you'll bleed for each other if you need to. That's what true family is. You go through hard times together, you're there on the other end. I have people in my family I consider blood relatives. I have people I consider family that are friends. I have a lot of people I consider friends who are just Marines with me. When our way of life is threatened, from the outside, we all come together as one from this diverse community that we have as Americans. This is about individuals coming together to find something bigger than themselves. To be a part of a team greater than themselves. Preparing to go to combat. Protecting each other. On the battlefield, we don't leave any Marine behind. We stick together come Hell or high water. We know if one Marine's in trouble that every Marine in earshot will be on his way there as fast as he can. Because the greatest honor, the greatest privilege of being a Marine is to fight alongside another Marine. The last thing you want to do when you leave the Marine Corps and you're off on independent duty you don't want to lose that connection.

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