Joseph Seykora

Find Joseph Seykora’s display at Catholic Charities Diocese of Pittsburgh, 212 Ninth Street.

“This is more difficult than the Marine Corps. I’m grateful there’s no one shooting at me, but what’s harder? To die in a moment or live a whole life of sacrifice for another person?”

I’ve put in 20 years of service with United States Marine Corps. I had been a grade school band director for two years in the Midwest, and I figured if I could handle junior high band I could handle going to Marine Corps boot camp. Now I feel ready to go back into teaching grade school. With lot of growth and maturity, I feel much more prepared to handle even the littlest, youngest, brightest minds. I knew this would be more difficult than a career in the Marine Corps.

It’s almost indescribable, even though there’s no imminent danger, I’m grateful there’s no one shooting at me right now. I was in the Middle East two different times and locations in the south Pacific and Asia. But what’s harder? To die in a moment for another person or to live a whole life of sacrifice for another person? I don’t have an answer to that, but I know that they are inherently challenging and dangerous.

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