Heroes Everywhere

Heroes Everywhere

Sgt. Grit,

My name is Glenn Russ. I’m a former active duty Marine. My wife and I visited the National Musuem of the Marine Corps September 11th. First, I must say the museum was outstanding! It is a must go and see for all Marines! We went to Washington, D.C. the following morning and approached the World War II memorial.

Apparently there had been a reunion of WWII veterans and they were all around and inside the memorial. I walked up to a few of them and shook their hand and thanked them for their service and sacrifice. One in particular was in a wheel chair. After thanking him the gentleman pushing his chair told me the veteran was 100-years-old! I asked him where he served and he said he was dropped into Normandy.

World War II hero in front of World War II Memorial World War II hero in front of World War II Memorial World War II heroes at the World War II Memorial World War II heroes at the World War II Memorial Sgt Glenn Russ at the NMMC

I gave him a hug and thanked him again. This time I noticed his eyes were welling with tears. The man pushing his chair told me thanks and that it meant so much to the vet for approaching him. I began to feel myself get a little misty eyed and needed to egress from the immediate area.

I have to say being surrounded by heroes everywhere was euphoric! We cannnot thank these brave men enough and sadly they are leaving us at a cyclic rate these days. I encourage everyone that meets a vet, from any engagement, to give them a handshake and a thanks. Judging by the look in their eyes it truly means the world to them.

Semper Fi,
Sergeant Glenn Russ
USMC 94-98

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