marines in afghanistan

Warrior Wednesday: Marines with Scout Sniper Platoon, 1st Battalion, 7th Marine Regiment, man security positions during a mission in Helmand province, Afghanistan, June 13, 2014. The infantrymen provided security at Patrol Base Ouellette, an Afghan National Army controlled-base, during the Afghanistan presidential runoff elections. While International Security Assistance Force stood ready to support as needed, the elections were entirely Afghan led and Afghan conducted.

Photo by Sgt. Joseph Scanlan

U.S. Marine Corps Sgt. Daniel J. Vansittere, a rifleman assigned to Police Advisory Team 5, 2nd Battalion, 7th Marine Regiment (2/7), fires a M240B machine gun while conducting live fire training near Combat Outpost Now Zad, Helmand province, Afghanistan, Dec. 29, 2012. Vansittere, originally from Ozarks, Mo., deployed to Afghanistan with 2/7 in support of Operation Enduring Freedom.

 (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Alejandro Pena/Released)

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“While most Americans are encouraged to spend and over consume during Memorial Day weekend, we will be honoring our brothers and sisters who have sacrificed their lives in our presence and in all previous wars. 

Marine Gunny Walgren’s version of John Glenn’s speech reminds everyone of the true meaning of this weekend.”