And in a few minutes I was up on the road again. They saw the sticker in my back window, a simple round sticker with a very familiar symbol, Eagle, Globe, and Anchor. USMC. They consider themselves a brotherhood, and this is what "Brothers" do.
I am the proud wife of a United States Marine. Cpl Nathanial Ryan Wood was active for 4 years but the truth is (and any Marine will tell you this) "Once an Marine, Always a Marine". It is a title we in this household carry with much pride.
Nathan joined the service out of high school with a lifelong desire to have that title.
I was proud the day (after a 3 month boot camp and many letters later) That I saw him in the crowd of 2/7 Fox Co walk up the field singing the Marine Corp Hymn. He followed his dream.
From the Halls of Montezuma
To the Shores of Tripoli;
We fight our country's battles
In the air, on land and sea;
First to fight for right and freedom
And to keep our honor clean;
We are proud to claim the title
of United States Marine.
Our flag's unfurled to every breeze
From dawn to setting sun;
We have fought in ev'ry clime and place
Where we could take a gun;
In the snow of far-off Northern lands
And in sunny tropic scenes;
You will find us always on the job--
The United States Marines.
Here's health to you and to our Corps
Which we are proud to serve
In many a strife we've fought for life
And never lost our nerve;
If the Army and the Navy
Ever look on Heaven's scenes;
They will find the streets are guarded
By United States Marines.