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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.
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.
Sergeant Glenn Russ