This is my son, Abel Mendoza Jr, along with other poolees, swearing in to the USMC. While this is not what I wanted for him, I've never been more proud of him than I was at that moment, even if I was a hot mess.
His selflessness, willingness to honor and defend this great country, and his determination to succeed swells my heart with pride.
Thank you to every Marine for all you've done and continue to do! It's because of men and women like you that we have our freedom.