‘Semper Fi’

‘What do Marines say in response to Semper Fi?

‘The answer to ‘Semper Fi’ is ‘Semper Fi.’  It means always faithful and saying it is expressing/exchanging your sentiment for the Corps.  Semper fidelis is a Latin phrase that means ‘always faithful’ or ‘always loyal.’  It is the motto of the United States Marine Corps usually shortened to Semper Fi.’    Wikipedia


Mary Jane and I attended a memorial service for a wonderful man, that we attended church with for several years.  Although he suffered with Parkinson disease for the latter years of his life he was a stellar example of ‘never, never, never, give up!’

Tom had the brightest of smiles and a encouraging word for everyone that he met!  He was a gentleman and a man that you wanted to emulate!  He was a Marine!


I have often pondered what it means to be always faithful.  Certainly as I get older I look around at my fellow Presbyterians and I see a lot of ‘always faithful!’

Our church is composed of, primarily, parishioners that are in there 60’s – 90’s.  I can not help but notice, when I feel a little tired or weary…or old…that many of my colleagues are several years older than me and they are working like young women and men!

I witnessed the same phenomena in Paris, when we visited in 2012, where when we left the flat that we were had rented, I saw men and women with canes and stooped over with age…walking to the market or the pharmacy or the park…with no idea of stopping or letting age or illness defeat them!

I wonder if we do not make ourself old before our time?

When I had the honor of speaking to Tom I was inspired by his veracity and his love for life!  I saw him serving coffee to his friends in our Fellowship Hall…with his shaking hands and his quavering walk…and I worried that he might fall…but Tom was not worried….because he refused to be defeated!


I have often noted that many of the people, in our church, that agree to be Deacons…which is a busy and service oriented ministry…seem on the precipice of being physically unable to perform the duties of the office.  But they do it!  They do it with joy and with the life motto that Tom, the former Marine, lived his life by, Semper Fi!


Note: Photos of Marines are courtesy of Google.

2 responses

  1. OORAH! I was married to the Corps for 12 years. They also practiced Semper Gumby, too…Always Flexible. LOL!

    RIP Tom. God Speed.

    Lovely post.

    1. Thank you, my friend!

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