My family and I wish to thank Mary Schurz and The Advocate-Messenger and President John Roush and Centre College for sponsoring the Marine Corps Band.
The marches by Sousa that the band played led me to recall my days on the parade ground as a midshipman at Annapolis and as a Marine lieutenant in command of my first platoon. Tears welled in my eyes as I recalled the sacrifices all servicemen have endured to maintain our freedom, the friends I have lost and the disabilities some of us have suffered.
But pride took over during the final "Armed Services Overture" as each branch of the service was honored as individuals from the Army, Navy, Air Force and Coast Guard stood as their special march was played. We always save the best for last, and as the band played the Marine Corps march, I stood with my wife and daughters and hundreds of other former Marines.