Family, friends, and sometimes even troops themselves send I-Report salutes nearly every day to U.S. military serving their country away from home. Take a look below as family and friends share stories of the troops they love.
Monday, August 6, 2007
'Keeping everybody safe'


This picture (of my son and me) was taken this past Jan 2007 in Muskegon, Michigan, before my son Alexander left for Iraq. He has been there since March 18, 2007. This was at a good-bye party for him.

Alexander means protector of mankind. That's exactly what he's doing. He's infantry, keeping everybody safe. He's just an incredible man. He is the cutest Marine in the whole world, and he's going to be a dad soon.

He is my oldest of two sons. He is doing exactly what he wants to do, and that is to preserve the work our for fathers did. Keep evil at bay, and stand for the truth. I am very proud to be a mother of a US Marine. Sleep tight, America. My Marine has your back!

-- Deborah Bartoli of Norton Shores, Michigan
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