Veterans Day 2016

Veterans Day 2016

This week is always a sobering week for me, a week when I take a few minutes to reflect on this wild ride we call life. As A Marine stationed in Washington, DC, I had the honor and privilege to take my company “moto” runs on our National Mall – passing by the memorials of those brave men and women who had gone before me – many of whom had paid the ultimate sacrifice. This experience is one that I will never forget nor would I trade it for the world. Imagine being a daily commuter or even tourist waking up and going out for a morning stroll and coffee along Independence Ave when what do you hear and see…. 100+ young Marines running in unison calling out cadence as they briskly move thru the crowded streets.

One of the young motivated Marines is called out from the pack and told to “take it on the left foot” as his left foot strikes the ground with the rest of the company’s left foot doing the same he calls out “Lo right your leaft” the company in perfect sync now calls back to him, “Lo right your left” and now the new motivator is calling the cadence and continues on with his diddy “left right your leaft”…”here we go”… the crowds are starting to stop and watch and watch and listen as the Marines jog by… “here we go”…”oh yeah”… “oh yeah”… “PT”…”PT”… “good for me”… “good for you”.

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Celebrating the Marine Corps 237th birthday. This photo Marine Corps Memorial photo was taken in 2010 in Washington DC by Dawn Hromanik (Romine)

This week is always a sobering week for me, a week when I take a few minutes to reflect on this wild ride we call life. As A Marine stationed in Washington, DC, I had the honor and privilege to take my company “motto” runs on our National Mall – passing by the memorials of those brave men and women who had gone before me – many of whom had paid the ultimate sacrifice. This experience is one that I will never forget nor would I trade it for the world. Imagine being a daily commuter or even tourist waking up and going out for a morning stroll and coffee along Independence Ave when what do you hear and see…. 100+ young Marines running in unison calling out cadence as they briskly move thru the crowded streets.

One of the young motivated Marines is called out from the pack and told to “take it on the left foot” as his left foot strikes the ground with the rest of the company’s left foot doing the same he calls out “Lo right your left” the company in perfect sync now calls back to him, “Lo right your left” and now the new motivator is calling the cadence and continues on with his diddy “left right your leaft”…”here we go”… the crowds are starting to stop and watch and listen as the Marines jog by… “here we go”…”oh yeah”… “oh yeah”… “PT”…”PT”… “good for me”… “good for you”.


The crowds are in awe, most of them clapping or cheering thanking the young men for their service, another old Marine will shout out “Semper Fi”, or “hoorah” as they pass by. But, then they as we come to the memorials it’s silent… yet we still stay in perfect unison, RESPECTING AND HONORING those that had gone before us.  Many young Marines from all different walks of life functioning as a single unit.

It’s a true thing of beauty as the company passes thru the World War II, Korean, and Vietnam memorials as they make their way to the steps of the Lincoln Memorial where they stop for a brief PT session with the CO, and then it’s back down Independence on their way to the Barracks to start the rest of their day.

These young Marines just had a chance to reflect on and share the concept of Freedom as they moved thru the National Mall — respectfully moving thru the memorials being reminded of the sacrifices that those before us have paid so that we can be where we are, and the oath we had taken to support and defend OUR constitution no matter what the cost.

So this week as we celebrate the 241st Anniversary of Our Corps and the Nation remembers and honors the service of those men and women who are serving and haves served our great Nation on Veterans Day, we challenge you to reflect on the commitments those men and women have made. Many of you stand with them, and at some point have made the same commitment whether that was when you wore the Military Green, Law Enforcement Blue or Fire-EMS Red or are still in one or several of those rolls you are the motivation for why we started ROE Tactical and offer premium equipment specifically designed for operations overseas, at home, or in defense of one’s home. We want to see you succeed and we want each and everyone one of us to have the mindset and preparedness to go home to our loved ones and families every day.

Remember stay safe out there – and if you can’t be safe, be deadly.

Semper Fi Marines, and Happy Birthday. To those that have gone before us:  Til Valhalla.

 

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