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Marc Anthony of Goodfield owns and operates Look Alive Taxidermy and Non Typical Hunter magazine. Anthony grew up in central Illinois and spent eight years as a commercial pilot before giving that up to spend more time with his wife Jan and three children, Victoria, Drake and Elesa. Anthony hunted on and off as a child but started seriously at age 30 and focuses on bowhunting for deer and turkeys. He's arrowed four bucks that meet the Boone and Crockett Club (net) standards and 20 Pope and Young Club qualifiers. Anthony is on the Pro Staff for Muzzy broadheads, Bear Archery, Vital Gear, Natural Predator, Non Typical Hunter and several other companies. He also is a member of the Outdoor writers Association of America, OWAA.


Non-typical Hunter

A Web log by Marc Anthony

Memorial Day, what it means

May 28, 2010 at 02:56 PM

Memorial Day is one of those great holidays that most of us enjoy! Being in the Spring, the weather is usually nice and being a 3 day weekend, it makes it even more enjoyable. This weekend I’m going to do some work out on the farm by cutting grass, posting signs, target shooting with both the bow and the guns, dropping off some picnic tables, making a campfire, driving the 4 wheeler around and maybe even hang a tree stand or 2 for the family’s hunt this Fall. Of course, my wife and 3 kids will be with me the entire time sharing in the activities! This is one of those weekends we all dream about in the winter months while looking out the window watching the snow accumulate. Well, it’s finally here!

Through all of the excitement, we sometimes forget why we even have this holiday. This is one of those weekends where we need to take a few minutes and be thankful for living in such a blessed country. It doesn’t make any difference what your political preference is, you must remember that both Democrats and Republicans fought for our freedom! Without those hard won battles, we wouldn’t be speaking English. In fact, I could share some history with you by telling of a story on just how close we were to speaking German if it wasn’t for the American aeronautical engineers who took the German designed jet engine and refined it to point where we could beat them at their own game. It was in fact the Germans who invented the jet engine but fortunately for us, its lifespan was only about 10 hours! With scorching speeds and thrust, the Americans were being pummeled in the air by this new technology. It wasn’t until one crashed were we able to dissect and perfect this engine to overcome the air war. Now add all of the soldiers who fought like cats and dogs on the ground, you have just a glimpse how hard it was to maintain freedom. You can basically repeat the same theme for every war we’ve fought and see that the commitment was just as solid!

So how do we say thanks to generations of service men and women for keeping our country secure? Buying a $5.00 sticker that you slap on your car that says “Support Our Troops” doesn’t cut it! It may keep you in the social “club” politically, but doesn’t help the men and women who have actually fought these wars and need help now. If you really want to show your patriotism, go to a place like and give a donation to the disabled veterans! It won’t break you and it won’t take too much of your time but it will go to the very soldiers who gave you this weekend! It’s a really small sacrifice! If you want to do more than just scream that you’re patriotic, put your money where your mouth is and return the favor! It will make you feel good also!

So from here, I’m going to do just what I’m supposed to do and that is, enjoy the weekend our troops gave us! You should also! Our freedom came with a price and that price was paid, so have fun and enjoy!


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