"A nation can survive its fools, and even the ambitious. But it cannot survive treason from within. An enemy at the gates is less formidable, for he is known and carries his banner openly. He rots the soul of a nation, he works secretly and unknown in the night to undermine the pillars of the city, he infects the body politic so that it can no longer resist. A murderer is less to fear. The traitor is the plague." -Cicero
2015 Marine Corps Birthday Message | The Legacy Within
"It is the soldier, not the reporter, Who has given us freedom of the press.
It is the soldier, not the poet, Who has given us freedom of speech.
It is the soldier, not the organizer, Who gave us the freedom to demonstrate
It is the soldier, Who salutes the flag, Who serves beneath the flag.
And whose coffin is draped by the flag, Who allows the protester to burn the flag."
Father Dennis Edward O'Brien, USMC
God of our fathers, who
by land and sea have ever led us to victory, please continue your
inspiring guidance in this the greatest of all conflicts. Strengthen my
soul so that the weakening instinct of self-preservation, which besets
all of us in battle, shall not blind me of my duty to my own manhood, to
the glory of my calling, and to my responsibility to my fellow
soldiers. Grant to our armed forces that disciplined valor and mutual
confidence which insures success in war. Let me not mourn for the men
who have died fighting, but rather let me be glad that such heroes have
lived. If it be my lot to die, let me do so with courage and honor in a
manner which will bring the greatest harm to the enemy, and please, oh
Lord, protect and guide those I shall leave behind. Give us the victory,