Marine Honors Military at Rolling Thunder: MyFoxDFW.com
In a city dedicated to monumental sacrifices, there’s one that stands strong and never surrenders.
“It just gives me chills,” says Jennifer Phillips of Virginia Beach. “I can’t believe he’s out there.”
Retired Marine Staff Sergeant Tim Chambers has stood at this post since 2002.
“It’s an extremely long time to hold a salute that long,” says Air Force Master Sergeant Russ Ware of Columbia, MD. “Takes a lot determination and a lot of discipline. This guy does it every year.”
With a stiff spine and straight shoulders, this lone marine stands at attention as the Rolling Thunder rumbles by…for more than three hours.
“They zoom by me and I’m getting an eyeball at them,” says Chambers. “I’m trying to give every one of them that ‘Welcome home’ they didn’t get.”
Chamber says it started as a spontaneous ‘Thank you’ nine years ago but has now become his moral obligation.
Retired Marine Major Larry Carmon was one of thousands who came to watch Chambers. “I did 28 years in the Corps,” Carmon says. “I was a drill instructor. I’m totally impressed with this young man. Totally impressed.”
Carmon says holding a salute this long is nearly impossible for a healthy Marine. It’s unthinkable for a wounded warrior.
“He has a broken wrist? God Bless him.”
Only the slightest of a tremble gave Chambers away. A broken wrist that should have been in a cast was instead held high in a salute.
“I knew something was wrong!” Ware says. “He started to waver a little bit today. That’s dedication! That’s service before self.”