How many readers out there know this name? All of you should. No, he is not a contestant on “American Idol.” He is not a sports icon, not an actor going in or out of rehab.
Who is he? He is an active duty Marine staff sergeant known as the “Saluting Marine.” He is called that because on Memorial Day weekend, he stands at attention on the corner of 23rd and Pennsylvania Avenue in Washington, D.C. and renders a salute. He does this for 3 to 4 1/2 hours in full Marine dress uniform. He does this for each and every one of the thousands and thousands of motorcycle riders who come to our nation’s capitol during the “Rolling Thunder Ride.”
Many of these riders were Vietnam vets. He says: “I stand here to show respect and welcome those veterans home who returned at a time filled with negative sentiment for their service. We have not forgotten.”
To see and read about this American hero, go to “YouTube” or search the web. You will be amazed at what this lone Marine has done. No one ordered him to do what he does, he volunteers. He just has an old-fashioned sense of patriotism, something in short supply not only in Washington, D.C., but all across America. What I like most about this Marine is that he still spit-shines his shoes — no fake hi-gloss plastic oxfords for him.
Marine staff sergeant Tim Chambers is a true American icon. Semper Fi.