Gerson Martinez - Define American

Gerson Martinez

Los Angeles, CA

Happy peaceful Memorial Day……………. Hello family and friends, 41 years ago on Memorial Day 1972 I arrived in the USA, although the country was divided over the Viet Nam conflict:

My one goal and dream was to join the Army, which I was able to accomplish by the summer of 1974, as an E2 in the Army Reserves, I became a truck driver, and we usually went to Camp Pendleton for training, anywhere from 4 to 6 times a year to include summer training, by 1976 as an E4, I made the decision to join the Marine Corps, all I needed was my high school diploma or GED, which I obtained in Dec. 1976, by the spring of 1977, I met my wife Sandy, with whom I am still married today some 36 years later, anyway, I joined the Marine Corps active duty, it was such a wild ride and I wouldn’t change anything.

What I am saying all along is that freedom is not free, a price has to be paid, either by taking responsibility of what’s been given to us, or just take it for granted, I am so grateful for what this country has meant to me and my family, I am grateful for the freedom we’ve enjoyed, and for the opportunity to keep striving for a better future, a legacy that I can pass on to our children, and our children’s children.

I love this country, for what it stands for, and I would do it all over again if I had to.

I am the American way.

Semper Fi.

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