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Bob Parsons’ Marine Corps Birthday & Veterans Day Salute

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Published on Nov 6, 2017

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PXG, GoDaddy and Yam Worldwide Founder Bob Parsons honors veterans every year in his U.S. Marine Corps Birthday Salute and has long made it a priority to give back to those who have given so much. This year he also commemorates the 35th anniversary of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Wall.

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VO (Mr. Parsons):
Hi. I’m Bob Parsons, and I’m proud to be American entrepreneur, U.S. Marine and a Vietnam veteran. I founded YAM Worldwide, Parsons Xtreme Golf and GoDaddy.com.

I’m joined here today by this incredible group of veterans from all three companies.

This November the 10th marks the 242nd birthday of the United States Marine Corps, followed by Veterans Day on November the 11th. This year is also the 35th anniversary of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Wall, which will be commemorated with a week of special events held in Washington, D.C. leading up to Veterans Day.

As a tribute to these special dates in history, we’ve created a video to celebrate the men and women who defend this great country of ours. We’re also partnering with the Semper Fi Fund to provide financial support for wounded, critically ill and injured members of all branches the U.S. Armed Forces and their families.

Last year, with your help, we raised more than $20 million dollars. This money changed the lives of veterans across the nation, and we want to do even better this year.

Here’s how it works:
- Visit semperfifund.org/match
- Give what you can and The Bob & Renee Parsons Foundation will match your donation dollar-for-dollar up to $10 million dollars.
- Together we can raise even more than the $20 million we raised last year to help the heroes who have sacrificed so much for all of us
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Now enjoy our annual birthday salute to the United States Marine Corps. And if you have served or are serving in the Army, Navy, Air Force or Coast Guard, know that this video is also for you.

Happy Birthday, Mother Green!

Happy Veterans Day. One and all, Semper Fi. And a very special message to all of you from those of us who served in Vietnam—Welcome Home.

– Bob Parsons – LCpl 0311, U.S. Marine and Vietnam Veteran
“Vietnam veterans were the only troops who fought for our country and were never welcomed home.”

– Bob Parsons – LCpl 0311, U.S. Marine and Vietnam Veteran
“Instead of ticker tape parades and large marching bands…"

– Bob Parsons – LCpl 0311, U.S. Marine and Vietnam Veteran
"… many Vietnam Vets, upon returning home, were met by anti-war protestors who chastised them for their part in the Vietnam War.”

– Bob Parsons – LCpl 0311, U.S. Marine and Vietnam Veteran
“To recognize and remember our Vietnam Vets, especially those who made the ultimate sacrifice…"

– Bob Parsons – LCpl 0311, U.S. Marine and Vietnam Veteran
"... the Vietnam Veterans Memorial was built entirely with private donations and dedicated 35 years ago on Veterans Day.”

– Bob Parsons – LCpl 0311, U.S. Marine and Vietnam Veteran
“The Wall contains over 58,000 names of men and women who lost their lives in The Vietnam War.”

– Bob Parsons – LCpl 0311, U.S. Marine and Vietnam Veteran
“And so it is, the more than 58,000 memorialized by The Wall, are there for eternity…"

– Bob Parsons – LCpl 0311, U.S. Marine and Vietnam Veteran
"…whispering to all who served in the Vietnam War what America couldn’t bring itself to say, ‘Welcome Home!’”

– Bob Parsons – LCpl 0311, U.S. Marine and Vietnam Veteran
"The Vietnam Veterans Memorial is dedicated to the 2.7 million U.S. Service Members, both men and women, who served in The Vietnam War.

More than half of the service members listed on The Wall were under the age of 22.

The largest age group on The Wall is made up of 19 year olds.

A 15-year-old Marine is the youngest name on The Wall.

The names of eight women, all nurses, appear on The Wall.
900 Service Members died on their first day in Vietnam.

1,400 Service Members died on their last day. Their scheduled departure day.

To this day, names are still being added to The Wall."

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