I was extremely excited when I was told that I was selected to take part in the Marine Corps Recruiting Command’s Black History Month campaign.
Black History Month typically focuses on the contributions of black Americans to our country’s history, so I really enjoyed the way the Marine Corps expanded their campaign this year to include all races. Actor Morgan Freeman once said that “black history is American history,” basically meaning that you shouldn’t try to separate our national history into individual segments. American history is great because it is a mixture of all the unique cultures that make up our nation, and this campaign is proof of that.
It was a blessing to not only represent myself and what I believe in, but also my family, the Marine Corps, and my country. I have to continue the tradition of living life to the fullest and always standing up for what’s right even if I’m the only one standing. Great Americans like Abraham Lincoln, Rosa Parks, and Martin Luther King Jr. provide inspiration for me to strive for more every day as both a man and as a Marine.
We don’t need a designated month to celebrate the accomplishments and struggles of any race; We should celebrate American history everyday and learn from it. Semper Fi!
// By Lance Cpl. Chelsea Flowers
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