Hidden Journaling reads:* ~ * ~ * ~ * ~ * ~ * ~ * ~ * ~Strong and True We can pick her out anywhere, even in a crowded hall; She's the one with shoulders back, chin up and standing tall. Nothing out of place, no loose buttons or Irish pennants to be seen, She would not stand for it; after all, she's a Marine. She has earned her right, suffering with bruises and pain; The training is not easy; she made it and has the right to remain. Though bruised and battered and at times her body bent, She pushed herself forward, her own pain forgotten, as she stops to help a friend. No matter what they pushed her way, she didn't relent Because she was bound and determined to make it to the end. Pushing forward, at times against all odds, doing it all and more. What's inside that drives her is “Esprit de Corps.” So when you see her standing in her uniform of blue or green, Keep in mind she belongs to an elite sisterhood that accepts only the Few and the Proud. Always standing strong and true, For she is a United States Woman Marine. * ~ * ~ * ~ * ~ * ~ * ~ * ~ * ~I took this off a website about Woman Marines. I really liked it and used it for my journaling. This picture was taken around November 1990. It was taken for the Base Newspaper ‘The Boot’ in Parris Island, SC. At times I remember my life as a Marine as if it was just yesterday. Other times I think about it and cry, cry for the happy times I had. Cry for the friends I miss and will never see again. Those were the times. . . .