Being a Mother of two U.S. Marines I’ve gotten to where I can spot a United States Marine in a crowd. Maybe it’s their presence, the way they stand as if at parade rest, but I really think it’s because of the distinctive haircut.
Earlier this month I had the pleasure of seeing Huey Lewis and the News in concert. However, for a time this Marine had all my attention. Reminded me of my Marines.
It’s not uncommon for Marines to act as security at public events, my son David has signed up in California for a few gigs. Although I don’t think he’s gotten any gigs like Huey Lewis yet.
I tried to get this security guards attention from a far, but he wouldn’t be distracted from his task and wouldn’t make eye contact. He just kept scanning the crowd. When he walked to the side I took off for the side rail.
After stopping him I asked “Excuse me, are you a Marine?”
“Why yes Mam I am” and he looked at me quizzically.
“I knew it, my two sons are Marines and I could just tell.”
Turns out he was last active in 1997 (? doesn’t look old enough) and after a little bit of chit chat he gave me a firm handshake and told me to tell my boys “Semper Fi”. I walked away with a smile on my face.
- Marine Corps store on Amazon
- Boy Becomes Honorary Marine (foxnews.com)
- Huey Lewis Rocks a Two Step Jam (harmonicaloveaffair.wordpress.com)
- Huey Lewis and The News: 80s flashback (markwebermusic.wordpress.com)