There's a video of a Marine officer receiving her first salute from her grandfather currently blowing up on Reddit, and, well, is someone cutting onions in here?
The video, posted to the MadeMeSmile and military subreddits among others, shows the traditional first salute after an officer is commissioned. After grandpa smartly carries out the salute, he says, "Staff Sgt. Williams, request permission, ma'am, to hug his granddaughter, 2nd Lt. Charlotte Williams."
"Permission granted," the lieutenant says, then hugging her grandfather and thus making us all cry tears of joy, to include the guy in the back who tries to play it off like it's no big deal.
It's okay, bro. You can cry.
Although the video surfaced on Reddit in recent days, it is actually from 2013. The full video was uploaded to YouTube on Aug. 10, 2013, which explained in the description that the grandfather, James Williams, a retired Marine staff sergeant, saluted his granddaughter 2nd Lt. Charlotte Williams at the National Museum of the Marine Corps in Quantico, Virginia.
Benjamin Franklin nailed it when he said, "Fatigue is the best pillow." True story, Benny. There's nothing like pushing your body so far past exhaustion that you'd willingly, even longingly, take a nap on a concrete slab.
Coast Guard cutter Bertholf on a counterdrug patrol in the eastern Pacific Ocean, March 11, 2018. (U.S. Coast Guard/Petty Officer 2nd Class Michael Trees
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Coast Guardsmen aboard the Bertholf left Alameda on the 30th day of what is now the longest government shutdown in U.S. history. They left a few days after not getting their first paycheck since that shutdown started and without knowing when the next will come.