People sleep peaceably in their beds at night only because rough men stand ready to do violence on their behalf. - George Orwell
Every year for four years at college, the head our Drama department - who served as a Marine in the Pacific in WWII - would take us out for pizza and beer on this day. He had some intense stories to tell. He always ordered the pizza with anchovies. We always got drunk. And, after much laughing, kidding and singing he always ended the evening with the "10,000 yard stare" look on his face.
Even as a young man I knew that there were some things he just would not, could tell us about his time on Saipan.
God bless him and the rest of the Marines who have served this country for 230 years.