Wednesday, August 03, 2011

Brian Terry: Semper Fidelis & Honor First

Prior to becoming a U.S. Border Patrol Agent, Brian Terry became a U.S. Marine. He was killed in the line of duty protecting America's border on December 15, 2010. He wrote the poem below during a class assignment for his training to become part of the Border Patrol's elite tactical unit, BORTAC.

Please watch the memorial video from his family.

If Today Be the Day...So Be It
by Brian Terry

If you seek to do battle with me this day, you will receive the best that I am capable of giving.

It may not be enough, but it will be everything that I have to give and it will be impressive for I have constantly prepared myself for this day.

I have trained, drilled and rehearsed my actions so that I might have the best chance of defeating you.

I have kept myself in peak physical condition, schooled myself in the martial skills and have become proficient in the applications of combat tactics.

You may defeat me, but I’m willing to die if necessary. I do not fear death for I have been close enough to it on enough occasions that it no longer concerns me.

But, I do fear the loss of my honor and would rather die fighting than to have it said that I was without courage.

So I will fight you, no matter how insurmountable it may seem, to the death if need be, in order that it may never be said of me that I was not a warrior.

Semper Fi, Marine!