Marines lend a hand — in more ways than one

Posted: Friday, April 22, 2005

April 16, while returning from our Soldotna-Kenai loop shopping trek, my wife and I stopped to help two ladies in a pickup truck with a poorly arranged and nonsecured load of remodeling supplies, purchased at one of the local building supply outlets. The truck was on a steep grade and its fragile contents were about to fall on the ground and be destroyed or badly damaged.

We were long on ideas but short on muscle.

Out of nowhere, a vehicle pulled up behind us and out jumped two Marines, in uniform, to provide the muscle and help we badly needed.

There were lots of "yes sirs" and "no sirs" and eagerness to help. Soon the load was adjusted and safely secured for the trip to Seward.

My hat is off to the two young men who helped with a simple gesture today in our local community. Tomorrow, they may well be putting their lives on the line in some far off land to protect our way of life and the freedom we take for granted here at home in our great country.

It is wonderful to see these young adults conducting themselves in such a dignified and respectful manor.

Thank you.

Brian G. Cotman


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