The Marine

It is true that Memorial Day has a different emphasis placed on it than Veteran’s Day. Memorial day commemorates and remembers those who went before and fought for our freedoms and are no longer with us. In that spirit though, I offer this article which I have held onto for years and I hope it will bless you as much as it has me!



Corporal Aaron M. Gilbert
United States Marine


March 23, 2003

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Sent: March 23, 2003
Subject: FREEDOM isn’t FREE

Subject: The Marine

This poem has been sent from a Marine to his Dad.  For those who take the time to read it, you’ll see a letter from him to his Dad at the bottom.  It makes you truly thankful for not only the Marines, but ALL of our troops.


We all came together,
Both young and old.
To fight for our freedom,
To stand and be bold.

In the midst of all evil,
We stand our ground,
And we protect our country
From all terror around.

Peace and not war,
Is what some people say.
But I’ll give my life,
So you can live the American way.

I give you the right
To talk of your peace.
To stand in your groups,
and protest in our streets.

But still I fight on,
I don’t bitch, I don’t whine.
I’m just one of the people
Who is doing your time.

I’m harder than nails,
Stronger than any machine.
I’m the immortal soldier,

So stand in my shoes,
And leave from your home.
Fight for the people who hate you,
With the protests they’ve shown.

Fight for the stranger,
Fight for the young.
So they all may have,
The greatest freedom you’ve won.

Fight for the sick,
Fight for the poor,
Fight for the cripple,
Who lives next door.

But, when your time comes,
Do what I’ve done.
For if you stand up for freedom,
You’ll stand when the fight’s done.

By: Corporal Aaron M. Gilbert
US Marine
March 23, 2003

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Hey Dad,

Do me a favor and label this “The Marine” and send it to everybody on your email list.  Even leave this letter in it.  I want this rolling all over the U.S. I want every home reading it.  Every eye seeing it.  And every heart to feel it.  So can you please send this for me?  I would but my email time isn’t that long and I don’t have much time anyway.  You know what Dad?  I wondered what it would be like to truly understand what JFK said in his inaugural speech.

“When the time comes to lay down my life for my country, I do not cower from this responsibility.  I welcome it.”

Well, now I know.  And I do.  Dad, I welcome the opportunity to do what I do.  Even though I have left behind a beautiful wife, and I will miss the birth of our first born child, I would do it 70 times over to fight for the place that God has made for my home.  I love you all and I miss you very much.  I wish I could be there when Sandi has our baby, but tell her that I love her, and Lord willing, I will be coming home soon.  Give Mom a great big hug from me and give one to yourself too.


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If this touched you as much as it touched me, please forward it on.  Let’s help Aaron to spread the word…FREEDOM isn’t FREE, someone pays for it for you and me.

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Corporal (now Sergeant) Aaron M. Gilbert is a United States Marine who served in Iraq in 2003. He is now stationed in Jacksonville, N.C.

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About Roland Ledoux

Pastor of Oasis Bible Ministry, an outreach ministry of intercessory prayer, encouragement and exhortation of the Word of God and author of the ministry blog, For The Love of God. I live in Delta, Colorado with my beautiful wife of 49+ years and a beautiful yellow lab whom we affectionately call Bella.
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1 Response to The Marine

  1. SLIMJIM says:

    Touching; was in Iraq in 2003 and this guy would have been my age, approaching 40…

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