If Singing the Anthem Today,
Please Remember “The Lines”

By Jim Berlin 

I have a picture in my head of the Marine Corps as a single line of willing warriors marching in lockstep with American history since 1775.

Every day, those who have survived the journey peel off from the head of the line and return to civilian life. And every day fresh-faced Americans fall in at line’s end, quickly match the pace of the people before them and take up the cadence.

The line never shortens, never falters – it just goes marching on.

The other services – Army, Navy, Air Force, Coast Guard – have similar lines, marching, sailing and flying through the peace and wars of U.S. history. And if not for them, all of them, there would be no United States of America.

It’s that simple.

This, the greatest nation on Earth, exists only because millions of its citizens over the

last 239 years have stepped up and offered their blood and very being on the altar of freedom.

Twenty million of our neighbors living today have marched in one of those lines.

Veterans Day is theirs. Thank them for sharing it.