Standing on Shoulders
27 June 2012, the room was quiet despite the fact that it was filled to capacity. Along the back wall, lined rows of uniformed Marines, all in awe of this historical day. Finally, Montford Point Marines are being acknowledged for their part in history, so be it, 70 years later. As the first African Americans to enlist in the Marine Corps, they were trained separate from their white counterparts. Camp Montford Point in Jacksonville, North Carolina was designated as basic training from 1942-1949. I could only imagine the struggles they endured, surrounded by an overwhelming mentality that labeled them inferior and did not accept them amongst the military ranks.
Xổ số miền bắc 30Standing in the back in an overwatch position, I was humbled. In front of me sat older gentlemen who were once young men with something to prove. They willingly raised their hands to serve their country, knowing the hostility they would face.
Although the struggle still continues in many ways, their victorious efforts have allowed me to serve. Theses actions have paved the way, knocking down. barriers, affecting policies and proving their worth. I stand on your shoulders Montford Point Marines. I recognize that it is my duty to carry on that same tenacity, resilience and strength for those coming behind me.
I try to always reflect on those before me and walk my walk purposefully with the responsible of others on my shoulders.
Because of them, I can…Because of them, I will…Because of them, I did. I am forever grateful.