Today’s #VeteranOfTheDay is Tim Chambers. Known most affectionately as “The Saluting Marine,” Tim served the United States Marine Corps from 1994-2009 in various administrative roles and was serving at the Pentagon during 9/11.
In 2002, during the Rolling Thunder event in Washington, D.C. Tim jumped off the curb to give the riders a hand salute. His way of saying thank you to those who keep the memory of our POW/MIA Servicemembers alive. In 2003 he was able to render a salute to the first and the last rider, something he has been doing now for 13 years.
Even though holding a salute for hours is extremely difficult and painful, Tim hopes his moment of pain can take a little bit of the pain away for others. He believes our world will heal when we greet each other with compassion, respect, and caring, and that is the message he hopes to deliver to those who see his example.
Thank you for your service, Tim. Semper Fi!