"The Marine Hymn"

From the Halls of Montezuma
To the shores of Tripoli
We will fight our country's battle
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 every 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 to 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


FREEDOM isn't FREE. someone pays for you and me. 

The Marine
We all came together, 
Both young and old 
To fight for our freedom, 
To stand and be bold.

In the midst of all evil, 
We stand our ground, 
And we protect our country 
From all terror around. 

Peace and not war, 
Is what some people say. 
But I'll give my life, 
So you can live the American way. 

I give you the right 
To talk of your peace. 
To stand in your groups, 
and protest in our streets. 

But still I fight on, 
I don't bitch, I don't whine. 
I'm just one of the people 
Who is doing your time. 

I'm harder than nails, 
Stronger than any machine. 
I'm the immortal soldier, 
I'm a U.S. MARINE! 

So stand in my shoes, 
And leave from your home. 
Fight for the people who hate you, 
With the protests they've shown. 

Fight for the stranger, 
Fight for the young. 
So they all may have, 
The greatest freedom you've won. 

Fight for the sick, 
Fight for the poor 
Fight for the cripple, 
Who lives next door. 

But when your time comes, 
Do what I've done. 
For if you stand up for freedom, 
You'll stand when the fight's done. 

By: Corporal Aaron M. Gilbert, US Marine Corps 

March 23, 2003 

Hey Dad, 

Do me a favor and label this "The Marine" and send it to everybody on 
your email list. Even leave this letter in it. I want this rolling all over the 
US; I want every home reading it. Every eye seeing it. And every heart to feel 
it. So can you please send this for me? I would but my email time isn't that 
long and I don't have much time anyway. You know what Dad?  I wondered what it 
would be like to truly understand what JFK said in His inaugural speech. 

"When the time comes to lay down my life for my country, 
I do not cower from this responsibility. I welcome it."

Well, now I know. And I do. Dad, I welcome the opportunity to do what I 
do. Even though I have left behind a beautiful wife, and I will miss the birth 
of our first born child, I would do it 70 times over to fight for the place that 
God has made for my home. I love you all and I miss you very much. I wish I 
could be there when Sandi has our baby, but tell her that I love her, and Lord 
willing, I will be coming home soon. Give Mom a great big hug from me and give 
one to yourself too. 

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