Meet Maxwell from Ohio, currently stationed at Camp Pendleton, CA.
The one word that best describes Maxwell's life today is "Wild."
If Maxwell could change one thing in the world, he would "provide a healthier environment for children to grow up in." The way he would go about making this change would be to volunteer his time.
One year from today, Maxwell would like to be more cultured and broaden his worldview while understanding others views.
If Maxwell's life were a movie it would be about the pursuit of happiness and making a difference in the lives of the people he has met through his travels. The title of his movie would be called "Sunshine Days, Making a Difference."
I met Maxwell and his buddy Luis on the boardwalk at Main Beach as they were taking in the beauty of the sunset.
On this Memorial Day weekend, as we remember the men and women who have lost their lives serving and protecting our country, I thought it would be appropriate to honor these young men and share their stories.
Maxwell is a polite and respectful young man. He shared with me that he's been in the marines for 2 years and is getting ready to be deployed in July. He has a passion to help children and is dedicated to investing time with them.
I wonder if the kids who spend their days surfing, skimming, skating and body boarding realize the price that is being paid for their freedom. I know that I sometimes forget, until days like today when I see these fine young men face to face.
Thank you Maxwell for serving our country and fighting for our freedom.