40 Days of Honor: A Soldier's Heart – Justin Cooper, Eupora

By Kevin Wood/NEMS Daily Journal

Most people spend Christmas Eve with their family looking forward to the gifts to be opened the next morning. But that wasn’t the case in the Cooper household on Christmas Eve 2004.

Justin Cooper sat down to have a serious conversation with his parents, Alan and Debra Cooper of Eupora. The first words out of Justin’s mouth were, “I want to join the Marines.”

Shortly thereafter, Justin informed them that he had in fact already joined the Marines. He had signed up earlier that week. “This is what I want,” he said with deep conviction to his parents who were supportive of his decision after the conversation.

After all, they knew if Justin had made up his mind about something it was already too late to change it.

Click here to read the rest of Marine Corporal Justin Cooper’s story at www.40DaysofHonor.com.

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