|Nathan and his mother, Gina, June, 2012|
Semper Fidelis, Latin for "Always Faithful" or "Always Loyal", has a long history as a motto for families and organizations, including the United States Marine Corps, where it is often shortened to Semper Fi.
Tomorrow, my great-nephew (my niece's son) Nathan Schulz, will head off to San Diego for 13-weeks of basic training with the United States Marine Corp.
He is so pumped up and ready to go. He's been training and planning for it for months.
Tall and lean, he's physically ready for the rigors that face him in the coming weeks. He's got a good head on his shoulders as well.
I'm not sure what motivated him toward the military, especially in this increasingly unstable world. But regardless of the motivation, I'm confident he will excel.
We're proud of you Nate! We love you and pray for your health and safe keeping, now and always.
And whenever you hear the words "Semper Fi," think of this Latin phrase as well: "Deus, protege me quaeso!"