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Last week, I had the honor of attending the Marine Corps Evening Parade in Washington with General Joseph Dunford, the President’s selection for the next chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, as his Guest of Honor. As we prepare for a long weekend honoring those who gave the ultimate sacrifice in defense of our nation we should also take every opportunity to honor those who continue to serve.


I met Private First Class Narveson at the Marine Corps Barracks before the Marine parade.  He was there at Iwo Jima in 1945 and saw the flag raised on Suribachi. He spoke of America with a love and enthusiasm that everyone should emulate.


The event included the “President’s Own” United States Marine Band, “The Commandant’s Own” United States Marine Drum and Bugle Corp, the Marine Corps Color Guard, the Marine Corps Silent Drill Platoon, Ceremonial Marchers, and Cpl. Chesty XIV, the official mascot of the Marine Corps.




I later greeted bulldog Corporal Chesty XIV, the official mascot of the Marine Corps, and his handler, Sargent Madia Davis.


It was an honor to sign my name next to so many great Americans who have served as guests of honor in the Marine Corp’s guest book. Sargent Eric Burchfield, protocol non-commissioned officer, watches over to make sure I kept it between the lines.