Cody had leukemia since he was 22 months old, but beat the disease three times. Although he was cancer-free, the chemotherapy lowered his immune system and Saturday afternoon, he died from a fungus that attacked his brain. Members of the Marines decided to step in and do something.
“They decided Cody, with the strength and honor and courage he showed through the whole thing, he should be a Marine,” said Cody’s father David Snowberger.
Cody was given Marine navigator wings and was made an honorary member of the United States Marine Corps. For one Marine, that wasn’t enough, so he did even more.
“The night before Cody passed, he stood guard at Cody’s door at the hospital all night long for eight hours straight,” said Snowberger.
h/t This Ain’t Hell
The Marines involved with this don’t want it to be about them. Another example of the honor, integrity, and strength of character of these people. Luckily, this blog is specifically dedicated to the men and women who prove, every damn day, that they are exceptional; not just the exception to the rule. How many civilians (note: whenever I used the term, “civilians,” I am referring to those who have never had any involvement with the Armed Forces. It isn’t always meant in a derogatory way, because it is they who for whom “some gave all, and all gave some”) would stand vigil over a little boy who exhibited bravery and character beyond his years? There are many “civilians” who do these things, and they usually get dinners and certificates and oodles of affirmation for their volunteer activities. Service members get none. Of course, certificates of appreciation\achievement aren’t worth the paper they’re printed on, and they’re the sucralose version of a heart-felt thank you.
But it’s something. It’s a tangible record of a good thing, done well. Which is why we like them, even if we find them a little bit insulting.
If there really is a heaven, then all of the angels are veterans. I would think it would be the appropriate merit promotion for good things, done well.