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Wish of a Lifetime from AARP
Visit to Marine Corps Museum Semper Fidelis Memorial Park

Annette honors her husband’s service

Annette feels a deep sense of pride that her husband, James, served in the Marine Corps from 1952-1987.

For over 35 years, she stood by his side as they moved from Hawaii to California, North Carolina, Virginia, and Vietnam.

Annette was proud to be his wife, and steadfastly supported him while raising their two sons.

Vintage photo of Ophelia's father in army circa 1942

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Ophelia smiles while standing by World War II Memorial

Semper Fidelis; Always Faithful

The Marine motto rings true to Annette and her family. Annette’s wish was to visit the National Museum of the Marine Corps and walk through Semper Fidelis Memorial Park.

For the first time since he passed, Annette saw James’ engraved brick, one of 30,000 of his brothers memorialized in the park.

“The sun was shining down through the trees right on the brick… I will cherish this memory for the rest of my life.”

— Annette, age 84