As a freshly minted private home on leave from Parris Island, I attended the local Veteran’s Day Parade in Utica, New York with my step father and mother. Since none of my civvies from before I went into the Marines, I went in my Class A’s. After a while, a group of veteran’s from the local American Legion were marching by and one gentleman, a Korean War US Army veteran waved me over. He wanted me to march with them. I politely declined as I was just fresh out of boot camp, but he insisted. I felt honored and after a couple of minutes of him and his fellow veterans encouraging me to join them, I did, marching along those brave men for the rest of the parade. Even today, it brings tears to my eyes. Thank you to all who have served. You are my heroes. Semper Fi.