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Ed Visits the National Museum of the Marine Corps

Edgar D., age 87, is a resident of Sterling House of Hays. His Wish of a Lifetime was to visit the National Museum of the Marine Corps, just outside of Washington D.C.

Ed served in the Marine Corps from July 1943 to July 1946 and was in the same outfit as John Glenn was. As is the case with most marines, Ed’s committment to the Marine Corps has lasted well beyond his years in the service. He used to organize reunions in a different city every year, but no longer is able to do so.

Wish of a Lifetime, along with Brookdale Senior Living, sent Ed and his daughter to Washington, D.C. over Father’s Day weekend 2012. From June 15th to June 17th, Ed and his daughter toured the National Museum of the Marine Corps and visited the Marine Base Quantico. Ed had a wonderful time; he was floored by how many people, both old and young, and both civilians and service members, approached him to thank him for his service. He met a group of Marines at the hotel and became buddies with them. As Ed puts it, “when there’s Marines around, there’s never a stranger.” Ed is so very proud to be a Marine, and this was a wonderful way to honor his fellow Marines and commemorate his service. Says Ed, “It’s been 70 years since I was in the Marines, and I still have the same pride now as when I was in.”

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