The story of the Lone Marine: These guys are made of something tougher than the rest of us

by editor on June 25, 2011

There’s an annual event in Washington, DC called Rolling Thunder Sunday in which thousands of vets ride their motorcycles to the Vietnam Memorial. It’s an incredible display of patriotism and comradeship — the kind of thing you’d expect from guys who were willing to risk their lives for the rest of us.

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We salute retired Staff Sergeant Tim Chambers

For the last few years, one Marine in full dress uniform has stood at attention in the middle of the street holding a continuous, unbroken salute for every biker in the procession. His remarkable exhibition of strength and dedication lasts more than four hours.

Back in 2002 retired Staff Sergeant Tim Chambers decided he wanted to do something to show all the other vets how much he cared, so he spontaneously stepped into the road to salute to the riders. That first salute has now become an annual event.

Why the salute? “It’s about the pain,” Tim said. “A lot of these heroic guys still hurt and if I can relieve their pain for just one brief moment, then I’ve done my job.”

This year’s salute was more painful than usual. Watch the video. Be amazed. Be proud. And be grateful that there are guys like Tim Chambers who are willing and able to do the things they do.

Semper fi, Sergeant Chambers.

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tracyhi November 8, 2012 at 4:31 pm

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My name is Tracy. Thank you Sergeant Chambers for your service to our country. I am sending hugs your way. I am unable to salute because I have not served our country. I am doing what I can as well for the vets that have served. I have two former military personel in my house. It is my privelage and honor to do what I can to help them with their flash backs. Thank you, sir. Semper Fi.

poppajoe49 November 8, 2012 at 7:09 pm

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Tracy, that is a very nice post.
As a former member of the Air Force, I can safely say that nobody would begrudge you the opportunity to salute any member of our military.

RobertW November 8, 2012 at 9:24 pm

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Hi Tracy:
Same from the Army!

Celeritas en Conficiendo

shannon barks November 11, 2013 at 5:56 pm

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I want to know how to send this man a letter. Please let me know. smgjbarks@yahoo.com

poppajoe49 November 12, 2013 at 6:00 am

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