My grandpa Bob and his brother Joe were Marines. My cousins Justin and David are Marines; my cousin Robert will return to boot camp and finish his training should his knees allow it. My cousin Maria is a Marine wife, and my Aunt Teri and Uncle Jim have been Marine parents to three boys, one of whom has served in Iraq. My friend Annette Stimmel is also a Marine wife, as her husband Brad served in the 1990s.
I’m pretty much a bleeding heart liberal, but I couldn’t be more proud of these men and their families. No matter what I think about war or the military, the Marines and the rest of our armed forces make sacrifices so pacifists like me don’t have to, and I am grateful.