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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Thank you Sergeant Chambers for your dedication and to all the veterans past and present for your sacrifices to keep this country free. For the sergeant to stand
there for three hours with a broken wrist truly shows his compassion for all veterans! God Bless All of Them!


I hope there are both chiropractors and massage therapists lined up to work on this guy for free. An outstanding individual by any measure!


God bless you, Staff Sergeant. Semper Fi.


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Progressive Hemrrhoid

That guy shows more fortitude and spine in 4 hours then our lame excuse for “Commander and Chief” will in his entire life.

“Some people spend an entire lifetime wondering if they made a difference in the world. But, the Marines don’t have that problem.”

– Ronald Reagan, President of the United States; 1985

Pittsburgh Z

compare that quote to The Jump Shooter and Chief when he talks about our military…..


This type of dedication and personal honor surely speaks of an unique individual, we don’t see much of this type of volunteered sacrifice from non active military. God bless those who and have served.