Video: Marine stuns Tea Party with Fourth Verse of The Star Spangled BannerSubmitted by Patriotrevolution on Sun, 07/29/2012 - 22:10
I’ve read a full spectrum of comments throughout the various posts deriding the elderly. You younger ones will be glad when we are gone so you can take over and do things your way. That is the natural order of things, however, you seem to think that the elderly are holding you back, are out of touch and actually caused these problems you are so eager to fight. While that may be true in some individual cases, I can say with certainty that the older generation was fighting this war, this battle for liberty, long before most of you were born. Our fathers fought for it and our grandfathers fought for it before them. Our ancestors back through all of time have fought for freedom and liberty.
For most of us, WAR is something that happens to “other people”. It’s something we see on television and can turn it off when it gets to be too much to bear. For others now living and for our ancestors it was real, immediate and life threatening. Unless you have been “over there” in the thick of it, you really have no idea what it’s like. It isn’t a video game. It isn’t glorious or heroic. It’s dirty, bloody, mind numbing, horrific and terrifying. It’s HELL. Our fathers, grandfathers and others lived through it.
Now I see some of you would like to have the elderly gone and out of the way. Well, believe me, we are GLAD you are so willing and enthusiastic. We have waited a long time to see a generation with your vision. You give us hope that our fight has not been in vain and that you will carry on. We envy your youth, health, strength and vitality for we are tired. God awful, bone weary tired.
Every generation has its own battles to fight. This is nothing new, nothing different. But this time it’s your fight so give it all you have. One day you will be the elder generation and your children and grandchildren’s generations will want YOU gone and out of the way. Just remember, we are not your enemy, we are the ones who came before, the ones who fought the good fight when we could. We are the ones from whom you must take up the banner and march forward. We can only hope that we have taught you well.
May this silver haired Marine give us all inspiration.
(I received the link to this wonderful video today from a friend. It brought tears to my eyes and I thought people here would enjoy it. The video is 2:14 minutes long.)