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(Video). The most outstanding custom in the Marine Corps is simply being a Marine and all that it implies. It is that pride which sets a United States Marine apart from the men of other armed services. Perhaps it has best been defined by Senator Paul H. Douglas: Those of us who have had the privilege of serving in the Marine Corps value our experience as among the most precious of our lives. The fellowship of shared hardships and dangers in the worthy cause creates a close bond of comradeship. It is the basic reason for the cohesiveness of Marines and for the pride we have in our Corps and our loyalty to each other. (Douglas) A Marine is proud of his Corps and believes it to be second to none. He is loyal to his comrades and to the Marine Corps, adhering always to the motto Semper Fidelis that is Latin for always faithful. Faithful to God, Country, Family, and the Corps. Marines may be known for being hard and tough, but they also have hearts when disasters strike. For example, when, tornadoes, hurricanes, and floods hit the Marines are always there to help rebuild the victims lives again. Marines went ashore in September 1994 at Cape Haitian, Haiti, as part of the U.S. force participating in the restoration of democracy in that country. During this same period Marines were actively engaged in providing assistance to the Nation’s counter-drug effort, assisting in battling wild fires in the western United States, and aiding in flood and hurricane relief operations. Today’s Marine Corps stands ready to continue in the proud tradition of those who so valiantly fought and died at Belleau Wood, Iwo Jima, Chosin Reservoir and Khe Sanh. As stated by the Corps’ 31st Commandant, General Charles C. Krulak, “Our warfighting legacy is one of duty, strength, sacrifice, discipline, and determination. These themes are cornerstones of the individual Marine and of our Corps. Indeed, they are woven into the very fabric of our battle color. However, while we reflect on our past, let us also rededicate ourselves to a future of improvement. For, as good as we are now, we must be better tomorrow. The challenges of today are the opportunities of the 21st century. Both will demand much of us all.” Combining a long and proud heritage of faithful service with the leadership and resolve to face tomorrow’s challenges will keep the Marine Corps the “best of the best.” They ARE the 20th Century Peace Heroes. Works Cited Continental Marine Fall 1998 5-23 Marines Welcome Aboard Video The Battle History of the United States Marines, by Col. Joseph H. Alexander, USMC (Ret.) with Don Horan and Norman C. Stahl (Harper Collins Publishers) Marine Corps 31st Commandant, General Charles C. Krulak Senator Paul H. Douglas in his introduction to The United States Marines: A Pictorial History .