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Saturday, August 27, 2011

A Higher Calling - Philly Burbs


I had a profound moment of reflection during the flight home from Operation Desert Storm. The war had just ended and my Marines and I were homebound from a very remote training area overseas on a commercial flight with our rifles upside down in front of our seats. We had suspected that combat would have been just a few days away and there was no doubt that we were ready. The rumor was that we’d be outnumbered 10 to 1, but still felt that the enemy was at a serious disadvantage.
It was at that moment, with everyone asleep around me, that I had trouble wrapping my arms around the thought of taking a human life. Maybe it was a little late, or maybe not, but I asked God if he approved.
A warm gentle glow vividly embraced my consciousness as He answered. It’s impossible for most of us, me included, to understand how inhumanly mean and cruel some can be. Victims of a terrible regime are simply born into an environment that we’re just not able to comprehend where hundreds or even thousands of defenseless people can die in a single day.
One of the most important ways for us to defend our cherished freedom at home is to defend/restore it abroad. We can’t save everyone and can certainly debate being the world’s police, but we’re the “ultimate prize” for dictators everywhere. The spread of tyranny and oppression will eventually lead to America if we allow it.
Someone once said that “Every garden will be invaded.”. Many don’t get it because freedom is all we know, but I’m very offended by politicians who use our collective ignorance to further their own political agenda by undermining a war effort that they approved. Very offended and it gets worse when they throw our men and women in uniform under the bus. In fact, I get a little crazy.
The greatness of our nation is founded on the sacrifices of individuals willing to step forward to defend it. Our American warriors love what’s behind them more than they fear what’s in front. I can say with total confidence that today’s men and women in uniform do more in a minute than I did in 4 ½ years of full-time active duty. And I can say from experience that you will not find finer people anywhere at any price. They don’t exist.
One of our nation’s finest heroes was Travis Manion, a Marine Corps 1st Lt. who was tragically lost in 2007 while trying to protect his Marines from an ambush. If you can please spend some time at www.travismanion.com and get to know Travis. Chances are that you’ll be riveted and will come back for more. A person like 1st Lt. Manion will truly continue to lead by example forever.
One thing I didn’t know was that Travis and his dad, Marine Col. Tom Manion, had signed up for the 2007 Marine Corps Marathon. The Marine Corps Marathon is where one of The Foundation’s signature events takes place with Team Travis blazing a trail of character that’s rarely seen anywhere. One could argue that Travis was there in 2007, even if not physically, and there every year since and will be for years to come.
The Travis Manion Foundation is one of the nation’s premier organizations that goes to great lengths for our Veterans. They’re just returning the favor and provide opportunities for the rest of us to help out in a profound and meaningful way. Thanks in advance for whatever you’re able to do.
I also encourage anyone to participate however you can at any number of “Heroes Runs” ( www.911heroesrun.com ) throughout the nation. The “home” event is a 5K and 1 Mile Fun Run at 2PM in Doylestown, PA on September 11th. It’s really a sight to see whether you run, volunteer or just attend as a spectator.
Another one that I like a lot is the Marine Corps Scholarship Foundation who provides college scholarships to the children of Marines who didn’t return. The Scholarship Foundation’s goal at this year’s Marine Corps Marathon is to raise $100,000 with over 100 runners. They’ve awarded over 26,500 scholarships (by raising over $65 million) since 1962. Over 1,600 children were awarded scholarships for the upcoming academic year by this remarkable group (who can be found at www.mcsf.org ).
Thank you for understanding our military heroes and their sacrifices on our behalf. It’s not easy. Never has been and never will be. War almost doesn’t make sense, but neither does allowing pure evil to succeed and spread.
Please visit the web addresses above. You can support these Foundations through direct contributions or you can “Sponsor a Runner”, me, at my own site, http://corysteiner.blogspot.com .
Thanks again.


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