I would like to take this opportunity to thank all the volunteers and town staff who had a part in making two events at Emerald Isle in March a success ~ the Saint Patrick’s Day Festival and the Inaugural Emerald Isle Half-Marathon and 5K. Both events illustrate what happens when we all work together. It was amazing to see the large crowds at both events. As I was leaving the marathon after the medals were given out I bumped into a family who were still waiting for a runner to finish. They were standing in the rain with posters, banners and tee shirts which had their mother and grandmother’s names on the shirts. They were waiting for her to finish her first ever marathon. I waited and cheered with them as she passed in the rain as she was almost finishing the marathon. Her determination and enthusiasm were contagious as she ran the last few yards of the marathon. I could feel her sense of accomplishment.
The day before the Marathon I was an invited guest to attend MCIEast –MCB Camp LeJeune Relief & Appointment change of command ceremony for the retiring Sergeant Major and the appointment of the new Sergeant Major. I was privileged to meet General Amos and Marines from all over the country who came to attend this ceremony. As I was leaving I talked to a Marine who was a wounded warrior. I thanked him for his service and despite his life changing injuries he was so positive and so optimistic. I asked him how he stayed so positive and he gave me a copy of the Marine’s Prayer. Let me share this with you:
The Marine’s Prayer
Almighty Father whose command is overall and whose love never fails, make me aware of Thy presence and obedient to Thy will. Keep me true to my best self, guarding me against dishonesty in purpose and deed and helping me to live so that I can face my fellow Marines, my loved ones, and Thee without shame or fear. Protect my family. Give me the will to do the work of a Marine and to accept my share of responsibilities with vigor and enthusiasm. Grant me the courage to be proficient in my daily performance. Keep me loyal and faithful to my superiors and to the duties my country and the Marine Corps have entrusted to me. Make me considerate of those committed to my leadership. Help me to wear my uniform with dignity and let it remind me daily of the traditions which I must uphold. If I am inclined to doubt, steady my faith; if I am tempted, make me strong to resist; if I should miss the mark, give the courage to try again. Guide me with the light of truth and grant me wisdom by which I may understand the answers to my prayer. Amen.
Both the runner and the Marine should give us the motivation to move forward with a positive outlook as we look towards the future. May God bless us as we move towards new goals and dreams.
Thursday, May 1, 2014 10:15:00 AM