Lots of smiles and tears today as we bid “Fair winds and following seas” to Marine parents Mary and Mark Wilson. They are moving to Arizona. They will be deeply missed by all the sheepdogs, especially by the Military Moms, they are a very closeknit group.
The best part of every rally is at noon, when we all gather together and sing the Star Spangled Banner in honor of all our troops. Mark and Mary held the flag for us and Mary moved behind her husband to hide the tears.
John, a high school senior, presented Mary with a bouquet of flowers and received one of Mary’s famous hugs. Then John’s mom and dad sang a song of farewell to Mary.
Mark has been a role model military father, quiet strength is his trademark. We’ll all miss the dignified way he carried himself, whether standing on the corner with us or riding his motorcycle with the Warriors Watch Riders. He always has a strong shoulder for his wife to lean on as their son leads Marines in Iraq and Afghanistan.
Mike and his two kids always brighten our rallies with their patriotic outfits and happy faces.
Dogs and Vietnam Veterans like Bob are popular too.
One of the highlights was when a wedding party came over to our corner, turns out the groom was a Marine! He had 2 tours in Iraq. We thanked him for his service and wish him and his bride a long life of love, happiness, and success. Semper Fi!
We all signed a poster for Mary and Mark, containing a collage of pictures from rallies past.
We always say the Pledge of Allegiance to the Flag and then a prayer for our troops protection and success.
Mary, Mark, Edward, James, and 1st Lt Grant – we will miss you a lot.
God blessed us when we met and became friends.
You are great ambassadors of the Marine Corps, someone we can all look up to. You will always be in our hearts and with us in spirit.