Honor. Courage. Commitment. The core values of the Marine Corps were on full display this week as retired Marine Sgt. John Nelson carried friend and fellow Marine Staff Sgt. Jonathon Blank to the summit of Mount Timpanogos; the second highest mountain in Utah‘s Wasatch Range.
Blank lost his legs in an explosion in Afghanistan in 2010. But that didn’t stop him and Nelson from making the 14 mile journey. Another hiker, Phil Casper, caught the inspirational moment, and shared it on Facebook.
Had the experience to hike Mt Timpanogos today. More than 14 miles and over 4500 ft elevation gain made for quite the…
“They sought no special attention. The disabled vet said he weighed 135 lbs. They were committed to reach the summit. Having just exhausted myself to reach the summit with less than 5 lbs on my back, it was hard to fathom the drive that the pair possessed to achieve their goal. To have arrived where I met them was already an incredible accomplishment. It was a powerful and inspiring experience to see them on their way,” said Casper.
“Nelson said he and Blank now plan to climb Mount Whitney, which is 14,500 feet high, in California on Veterans Day with other Marines assisting. He said he got the idea after helping a fellow Marine carry his mother, who suffers from MS, about halfway up the mountain,” reports Fox News.
“Blank said he hopes that others may be inspired to push through their own limitations in life and emphasized the bond that U.S. service members share after they serve in combat together,” adds Fox.
“I try to stay close with all of our platoon. We’re all a band of brothers, we’re so tight. They’re my family,” he said.
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LISTEN NOW: Touching 9/11 Tribute ‘There She Stands’ and Ilhan Omar’s Shameful Rhetoric on Al Qaeda
Embattled Congresswoman Ilhan Omar was thrust into the national spotlight earlier this week after President Trump told “radical Democrats” they can leave the United States if they don’t “love our country.”
The President was referring to Omar’s vicious rhetoric on the 9/11 terror attacks, al Qaeda, Israel, and more.
“CAIR was founded after 9/11 because they recognize that some people did something,” said Omar.
“Every time the professor said al Qaeda, his shoulders went up… Al Qaeda, you know. You don’t say America with an intensity, you don’t say England with an intensity, you don’t say an army with an intensity,” she told an interviewer.
“If you ask anybody walking on the side of the streets somewhere in the middle of the world, they will tell you America the great, but we don’t live those values here. That hypocrisy is something I’m bothered by,” said Omar on another occasion.
“Nobody wants to face how the actions of the other people that are involved in the world have contributed to the rise of radicalization, the rise of terrorist acts,” Omar told reporters.
Listen to Michael W. Smith’s ‘There She Stands’ Tribute above.
'USA! USA!': President Trump Gets 'HUGE' Reception by US Troops in Iraq
President Trump touched-down in Iraq this week to greet US soldiers during the Christmas holiday; speaking to a packed crowd of service men and women before holding high-level talks with military leadership.
Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders posted footage of the Commander-in-Chief addressing the American troops during his three hour visit on social media Wednesday, when the crowd broke out into a touching “USA” chant as Trump took the stage.
— Kayleigh McEnany (@PressSec) December 26, 2018
The president’s visit comes just days after he announced the withdrawal of American troops from civil-war torn Syria; saying the US mission to destroy ISIS in the region was accomplished.