I wrote this several years ago during the start of the WOT (hence why the grammar is a bit poor and some of the story might sound a bit silly), when I was a young man struggling through high school. I had heard Toby Keith's new song "American Soldier" and after seeing the music video, it made me realize just what our soldiers and their families go through, and there I was thinking my life was horrible because I had trouble in school. One thing led to another and this was the result.
And it can also be seen as a message to potential Marine recruits. You may often be intimidated by the full measure of what's required to be a Marine, but keep in mind the footsteps you're following in and what the men and women who came before you did and have done and will do. If they can do all those things, then boot camp is no challenge for you.
I hope I've put it in the proper place on Free Republic and do apologize for it being a Vanity.
Very well done
HERE RESTS IN HONORED GLORY AN AMERICAN SOLDIER KNOWN BUT TO GOD