I am Bob Marsh’s son. I am proud to be Bob Marsh’s son. I have always been proud to be Bob Marsh’s son. I honestly cannot recall a time in my life when my father said or did anything that did not reflect well on his character or that have brought even a hint of dishonor to his family.
As I look at my own life‚ I now realize that the best qualities I strive to own are those that my father possessed-his hard work‚ honesty and fairness when dealing with life’s challenges- his sense of humor‚ his love of music and his constant optimism- his acceptance and tolerance of others- and the profound respect and devotion he always gave to my mother. My father not only did things right‚ he did right things.
I am a Boy Scout Leader in the small town where I live. Saying the Scout Oath with my boys now has a much deeper meaning to me when I reflect on my father’s life. On my honor‚ I will do my best to do my duty…
My father did his duty to his country. He served her eagerly and with valor. His Purple Heart always reminds me of the price he was willing to pay to honor and defend his country.
My father did his duty to his fellow man. Hate and prejudice were not present in our home and I would not know they existed if I had never gone out into the world. And helping others was something Dad did so naturally that I never considered there could be any other way to act.
And today‚ I swell with pride when I hear it said that my father died in the line of duty. It could not have been any other way. My father lived his life in the line of duty. I only hope I finish with a life that makes my children half as proud of me as I am of my father.
I am Bob Marsh’s son. I am proud to be Bob Marsh’s son.