Marine celebrates graduation from a stretcher | Militarykind

Marine celebrates graduation from a stretcher | Militarykind

October 11, 2019 9 By Stanley Isaacs


(cheerful music) – One of my staff members
came and told me that he was going to miss
his graduation because he had to come to the hospital
for emergency surgery. And I said, “Well, we
can’t let that happen “because he earned this graduation.” And being a military mom myself, I know how hard they work and the commitment that he
made to get to that point. And she said, “Well,
what are we gonna do?” And I said, “Well, I don’t
know yet, but standby.” So when I told them what I wanted to do, I said, “I know it might sound corny, “but would you just do this with me?” And then they said, “Well,
what are we gonna do?” And I said, “We’re gonna line the halls “and we’re gonna play
the Marine Corps Hymn. “And when he comes out
of the recovery room “we’ll all be standing
there and everybody can “congratulate him and
clap for him and say, “‘Congratulations, Marine!’
Because he earned that “and he is officially a
United States Marine.” (applause) – [Woman] Congratulations! It was perfect timing. It started the Marine Corps Hymn. And when he heard it,
he immediately snapped to attention as best he
could on the stretcher. And everybody started clapping and telling him congratulations. And there was not a
dry eye in the hallway. Just because everybody knew how important it was to him and his family. His parents had driven all
that way to see him graduate, only to be told that
he wasn’t gonna make it and that they needed to
meet him at the hospital. So we just had to make
the day special for them. So we went to the gift shop
and I found this little card that had the poem on it
that says, “Don’t quit.” We all signed the back of it and, you know, congratulated him. And so it was just covered
in signatures on the back. And the only thing we
could find for him was the little pocket cross that
was carved out of stone. So I thought, “Well, he could carry that “with him for the rest of his life. “And every time he reaches “in his pocket, he’ll remember us.”