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Thread: How do I respond to Semper Fi?
01-09-12, 03:22 PM #1
How do I respond to Semper Fi?
Good day all,
I'm a Marine dad and I often wear my best hat or jacket out, with clear Marines markings - gifts from my son. Often, an obvious Marine, and often others as well, will give me a hearty Semper Fi.
I'm not a Marine. When I have time, I stop to say hi and thank you, and explain it is my son that deserves the nods. But sometimes I don't have time - and I do not want to appear rude or arrogant in any way. So, what's the standard? Is there a right or wrong response?
01-09-12, 04:08 PM #2
I was in a restaurant with a couple of my kids, had on a polo shirt with insignia, and as an older guy left, he said Semper Fi at me, and I just responded back "Semper Fi." He had no idea if I was a Marine or not. I think it is more discourteous to not say anything.
Similarily, I was enlisted. One day years ago I was driving an officer's car on El Toro, and Marines would salute me because of the blue decal. But I am not an officer, so I didn't salute back. Well...this really ticked a couple Marines off I could see from my rear view mirror. So I asked what is the proper protocol and was told they are saluting the decal. Just render a salute back, so that's what I did when driving the car on future occasions.
01-09-12, 04:42 PM #3
Newskate9: Reach down into the pit of your being and give a big, loud, "Ooorah!"
That is all.
01-09-12, 05:36 PM #4
Thank you, Marines.
There are days it is hard to hold back the tears, I'm so proud of my sons. (1 Marine, 1 soldier, 1 coach).
Semper Fi it is. And Semper Fi to each of you.........
01-09-12, 05:59 PM #5
01-09-12, 06:02 PM #6
01-09-12, 06:58 PM #7
Ooohhhrrraaah Proud Papa Thats How You Respond.
Stephen Doc Hansen Hm3 Fmf
01-09-12, 08:49 PM #8
Never hear any criticism from me about what my Brothers and Sisters do, but I just make time to make a new friend.
I am sometimes rushed, but usually there is a pot of gold in front of me instead of where I am rushing to.
An easy and inexpensive solution is business cards, with your name and telephone number and our beloved EGA. A quick "call me I am in a hell of a rush" works when nothing else will.
Love you guys - had a couple of Marines in my office today as new patients.
Semper Fi, Tom
01-10-12, 07:18 PM #9
The info above is good to know, as many of the police in our neck of the woods had been in the Corps. Wearing the gear my son bought me, I was unsure of how to respond, but, now I know. If I do get the chance/time tho', I will say it's our son who's in the U.S.M.C.
01-11-12, 07:58 AM #10
01-12-12, 08:54 AM #11
This is very good to know...as my son has bought me a lot of Marine gear to wear also...and of course my bumper stickers...
01-12-12, 09:08 AM #12
However, you should get a "Marine Mom" bumper sticker to keep on your vehicle. They can be found on Sgt Grit's website or picked up at the Recruiter's Station.
It may seem trivial, but there are many individuals that walk among you who will lend aid when a brother's parent is in trouble - from a flat tire to a hold up.
01-12-12, 09:57 AM #13
But right now since he hit a deer with my car while home on leave, I am driving his car....and I do feel strange driving it, as all his bumper stickers indicate a Marine in the car. Can't wait to get my back!!
02-07-12, 05:59 PM #14
I am SO glad this was asked! I have some "Proud Mom of a Marine" clothes and I also get the "Semper Fi" at times and never know exactly what to say so I usually just say, "Thank you!"
03-12-12, 06:00 AM #15
I have always taken "Semper Fi" to mean "Always Faithful" to the Corps, my country, and to the great men and women who respect and appreciate our Corps and its fine traditions. Many times I have gotten a "Semper Fi" from someone with no affiliation to the Corps...just someone who who knows what it means, on a basic level, and is using it as a means of acknowledging my service to the country. It's actually sort of humbling when a civilian goes to any length to thank me for my service, so I'll take a "Semper Fi" whenever I can get one!
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