Associate Sharon Jackley gets an autograph from "The Saluting Marine." INSPIRATION / MOTIVATION

"The True Marine fights not because he hates what is in front of him
but because he loves what is behind him."

Sometimes a special feature or tribute crosses our paths. This tribute may make us stand a bit taller as Americans or can bring some tears of pride.

We have collected a few of those special video links that renew faith in our country and bring honor to the Land of the Free and the Home of the Brave.

238th Birthday Tribute by Bob Parsons and GoDaddy

"The Saluting Marine" -- SSgt. Tim Chambers (Ret) stands at attention for hours each year, welcoming our Rolling Thunder veterans to Washington, D.C.

"Freedom is Not Free": A Soldier's Pledge -- Narrated by Ronald Reagan

Deck of Cards -- Magician Justin Flom uses a deck of cards to honor our military as he magically illustrates the story of a soldier's faith and bravery.

Armed Forces Salute -- Football half-time tribute performed by the WVU marching band.

Memorial Day -- The real meaning in cartoons and photos

"Reckless" -- A true story of Marine SSgt. Reckless, the greatest war hero horse, listed by Life magazine as one of the 100 all-time greatest heroes.

Norweigan Military's Performance on Ice -- An amazing spectacle, including nine-pound M1 Garands and fixed bayonets spinning.

The Lost Marines of Makin Island -- True story of how islanders buried and remembered 19 Marines killed on their island in WWII.

WHAT IS A VETERAN? A Veteran - whether active duty, discharged, retired, or reserve - is someone who, at one point in his life, wrote a blank check made payable to "The United States of America" for an amount of "up to and including his life."



By William Van Zanten

Detatchment #1296's very own Bill Van Zanten, recently deceased, wrote a book about his accounts while in the Marines and specifically in Vietnam.