When I started the arduous process of getting my skill level up to something that resembles current web designer/ web design standards in order to build for the un-tech-savvy, aging Marines I was inspired by, a website I would be proud of, the eastbaymarines.us, the first thought i had was, “well, what IS ‘service'”?
At that time, I boiled down what I understood into that website’s “About Us”
What you should know About US (The Marines)
This is About Us, but, it is also about YOU.
It is about every one of us who earned the title of Marine before setting out to learn our various military occupational skills and then being deployed to areas throughout every part the world, since the inception of the Corps back in 1775. That title, “United States Marine,“ that’s just a phrase. The title is utterly meaningless without the context from which it springs, the solid foundation on which recruits transform,
Is The Forge of SERVICE
We Marines carry within us a crystal-clear understanding of the motivation of service. It is imbued deep, through centuries worth of hard-tackling by battalions of drill instructors to create a well-honed, visceral crucible that breaks down the resistance of recruits, through squeezing, stressing, and pressing, so that within the Marines who emerge from graduation, that ingot of service has been transformed into a bonding agent we call “Esprit d’ Corps“.
This Spirit of the Corps. What is it? In its modern expression, it is a single assertion of brother and sisterhood among those who have prepared to share mud, blood, and dirt, going further still together to shared injury, pain, and death. The Corps has often been the 1st of the military to face the conflicts that threaten or call to us. It is within those conflicts, when finding ourselves before the gate of the final experience, stripped down of all prejudice, every experience past, all desires, dreams, and goals filled and unfilled, we find a truth known to those who have passed on before us, that all will pass through that final gate. What we have before then, is each other.
We will assist our brother and sister Marines. We will leave none on any of the battlefields of life if we are able. Politics, position, and religion are ever present in life, and noticeably absent from our Mission. All freely given aid from citizens is very welcome, but not required. Anything that will hinder us, or compromise the faithful execution of our Mission, should be set aside.
From “About Us”- eastbaymarines.us (closed)
We have a Mission, and through it, we will honor the title of United States Marine!
So many lessons have been inprinted since last November 2018.
One of them is that I have a talent for oil pastels. The other week I started ” “All ‘Bout the Barista’s”, set in Zocalo Coffeehouse in San Leandro. The woman making my coffee is Jacquelina Arneta. Kevin Dittiannis(?) is the gentleman behind her. He is a jazz musician. So many stories.
Bill has a very interesting story. Some of Bill’s highlights:
- 68 years.
- “almost 7 decades of what?”
- 68 years with his high school sweetheart.
- Volunteered for the Marines.
- Afterward, drafted into the Army.
- Did two (2), count them, TWO Boot camps.
- Never went to war.
- Never heard of the Marine Corps League before 3 years ago.
“7-pr-11-son”, is in “finishing” phase