A 17-year-old Marine fresh out of boot camp had his plans cut short when he was abruptly hospitalized for emergency surgery.
While he did not get to hear the applause at his graduation ceremony, the hospital staff where he had his operation lined up to thank him for his service to his country.
Making the Most of a Bad Situation
Not only was young Marine Micah Wooten disappointed, but his family was also upset they would not be able to see him graduate with his class.
After 13 grueling weeks of boot camp, the graduation is an event that is just as much a source of pride for the family as it is for the graduating Marine.
Since Wooten never got to hear the Marines Hymn and the applause the rest of his recruit class got to hear, the hospital staff did the best they could to replicate it for him.
Clearly, it had an impact on the young man. As he was rolled out into the hallway and the music started playing, he clearly “stiffened up” to as rigid a pose he was capable of as well as having an ear-to-ear smile on his face.
It was far from the graduation ceremony he had envisioned, but the young Marine clearly appreciated the effort.
Recovery, Then Back to Duty
For the time being, Wooten will recover from the surgery.
However, as soon as he is good to go, he will be placed with his unit, just as his fellow classmates have already been placed.
So, why the big reception by the staff? As it turns out, many of the hospital staff are married to, have family members, or have friends that are also serving.
They know the dedication it takes for someone to be willing to put their life on the line for the sake of and love for their country.
We all wish the young Marine a speedy recovery and know he will make us all proud once he joins his unit.