What did you do this summer?

NOTE: This was put together by a friend of mine who served in the Marines. Clicking most pictures will give you a larger version.

I spent a few minutes putting this together at lunch and thought you guys would enjoy it. All pictures are from www.usmc.mil. Enjoy.

How did you spend the summer of 2006?

Did you just relax in the house with the AC on?

Did you just hang out?

Did you get some rest?

Did you exercise as often as you would have liked to?

Did you just sit around?

Did your kids have a sleepover?

Did you sit around and shoot the breeze with friends?

Did you help someone in need?

Did you stand watch in order to help someone else sleep easily?

Did you say goodbye to someone you loved as you sent them on a journey?

Possibly the final journey?

We can never forget that the only reason we can sit here comfortably at home is because someone else has given up that luxury.

We get to enjoy our time with our families because someone else has volunteered to be away from theirs.

Sometimes they don’t get to come home—ever again.

Remember our troops in your prayers every time you pray.

Take a moment to pause and reflect on the lives that have been lost to defend the American flag every time you see it.

Explain to your children that the freedoms we have aren’t a right, they are a gift from our young men and women in the military.

Thank our active duty Marines, Soldiers, Sailors and Airmen when you see them, and remind them that they are appreciated.


  1. Actually, the freedoms ARE a right, NOT a gift. ‘We hold these truths to be self evident…’ means precisely that freedoms are not bestowed by governments but are inalienable gifts from G-d to all mankind. Now, KEEPING that gift… that’s why America has soldiers. Many countries have lost their rights because they could not or would not defend them. Thank you to the US Marine Corps for being part of that, and a force for good in the world. But the distinction is NOT trivial.

  2. [Blink] Joe is absolutely correct. It’s sad that so many places in the world don’t get the freedoms that ARE a right to every man, woman, and child. Just because we so often take them for granted, just because they can be taken away, doesn’t mean that they belong to all. And, yes, the Coast Guard too. Those poor folks always get overlooked…

  3. I agree, Joe (and Murdoc) are absolutely right. I would add that those rights are guaranteed by the Constitution, and the Constitution is protected by our Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen, Marines, and Coast Guardsmen. Our Oath binds us to the Constitution, its protection is our primary duty. Everything else is secondary. Respectfully, Major Bill

  4. Great post and pictures. My son left for Navy boot camp on Wednesday. Today is Sunday and he is not here…..A missing piece of a puzzle called our family. I know that he will be a great addition to our Armed Forces. His courage and commitment to serve over several other easier paths makes me love and respect him all the more. Thank you.