There he is, he’s always there / by Frank Taniyo

Out And About / By Frank Taniyo

There he is, he’s always there, I thought. If you have driven down Harbor City Boulevard (Route 1) in Melbourne, you may have seen a man holding an American flag. I have seen him almost every time I drive by.

I had admired the mural painted on the Reynolds Air and Heat building where he sits. One day as I passed by, I checked to see if the man was sitting in his usual spot. I knew that I had to meet him. I felt so used to seeing him, it was like seeing a neighbor; you have to say, “Hi.” It just wouldn’t be right if I didn’t.

I got out of my car and approached him. I introduced myself; he told me his name was George.

“I’ve seen you out here almost every day,” I said.

He replied with a smile, “Just about. I’m a Marine.”

Just then a driver went past, beeping his horn.

“Semper Fi! ” George responded. Semper fi·de·lis is Latin for Always faithful.

Loyalty and steadfastness are some things a Marine never forgets. With cars driving by so fast and blasting their horns, George yelled out, “Semper Fi!”

Without missing one of them, George thanked me for stopping by. As I started to leave, I said, “Once a Marine….”

“Always a Marine!” he called out.

A woman walked over to George with a cup of coffee. “He’s a good man,” she said.

“Yes, he is,” I said.

Thanks for your dedication, Marine.  Semper Fi!











Frank Taniyo has been a photographer for 20 plus years. Among my work are nature photography, street art, food images, and still work for documentaries.

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