Yesterday’s celebration of Veterans Day, had me, as it always does, reflecting and remembering my wonderful father, Derry Ebert. A Marine through and through, his impact on my life – still to this day – has been significant. These are some thoughts I wrote on lessons my brothers and I learned from the lessons my father learned and lived by being a member of the United States Marine Corps. Blessings and gratitude to all of our Veterans.
Stand tall. Be proud. You are children of a Marine.
You are soldiers of life and have work to do. Go and make this a better world.
Always be looking forward, but never forget to watch your back.
Be trustworthy. Stand guard for others even in the most trying of elements. Never sleep when you are on duty. If a comrade falls, pick him up and carry him to safety.
Face the most difficult of circumstances with courage. Do not turn and run away–for the tough times will make you stronger and better.
Do what you say you will do, so that people can count on you.
Find your life’s work and pursue it with passion. Leave a living legacy through the good works you do and through the people you touch.
Be there for your family. Give them your time and full attention. Give them a strong shoulder during the good times and the trying times. Celebrate their life’s journey.
Love without judgment. Love with devotion. Love God, family, and friends. Love your country. Be a patriot.
Dedicate your total self to living a life that is full. Set your site. Keep your eye on the target. Be not distracted by the rapid fire that goes on around you. Focus.
Stand tall. Be proud. You are children of a Marine. Be Always Faithful. Semper Fidelis.