“Some people spend an entire lifetime wondering if they made a difference in the world. But, the Marines don't have that problem.”
My brother retires from the Marine Corps today after decades of service. I went to see him graduate from boot camp in 1988, and I have been impressed with Marines ever since. He served in a tank in Iraq and Kuwait and trained in different spots around the world. I asked him his opinion last year about the President having a Marine hold an umbrella for him in the rain for a speech, and he said, "Mark, every Marine is on umbrella detail; every American is protected whether they realize it or not."
Thank you for your service, and remember - you don't need to wear a patch on your arm to have honor.