When you see someone struggling, do you even stop and lend a helping hand? If you haven’t, perhaps you should.
There was a big race in Charlevoix, Michigan a while back. It was the Jeff Drench Memorial 5K. And in it there are several age groups that run in teams. During the race, a young boy was having trouble running. That was 9-year-old Brandon Fuchs. He was struggling, and the Marine running past him could see it. That Marine was 19-year-old Lance Corporal Myles Kerr.
Myles really wanted to beat out the other Marines that were in his group, but he ended up doing something a lot better than that. He slowed down and kept pace with young Brandon, encouraging him and rooting him on as best he could. He really wanted the boy to make it to the finish line. And by doing this, Myles lost his opportunity to beat out his teammates. As a matter of fact, in doing this, Myles turned in the slowest time for his age group.
Many on social media started talking about this, especially when a Facebook group called the Seals of Honor made a post about it.
A portion of the post read: “Throughout the course, Lcpl Kerr urged him on when the boy wanted to give up and ensured that the boy saw the course to completion where he was reunited with his party. By his unwavering commitment to help those in need through his ability to inspire others by his unequivocal level of motivation, Lcpl Kerr reflected great credit upon himself and was keeping in the highest traditions of the United States Marine Corps.”
Following the post, many responded with a very appropriate “Semper Fi.”
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