“Serving in the USMC was an experience that is a part of me. I live it day to day.”
Sgt. Heidi Larson Hurley USMC
Sergeant Heidi Larson Hurley served in the Marine Corps for nine years. “I decided to join during my senior year of high school while all my friends were being accepted to college,” she reflects. “I still recall Parris Island like it was yesterday.” As graphic illustrator, she was part of a team that created training aids and presentations for briefings and events during the Saudi Conflict in 1991. She went on to study at Mass ART and to work at Boston ad agency Hill Holiday. Today she teaches art and design at Braintree High School outside of Boston.
The flag waving in Heidi’s classroom this Memorial Week is a reminder of – and a tribute to – all who have served their country and the cause of freedom. “I belong to the Women Marines Association,” says Heidi. “Some of the members are in their eighties and nineties now, among the first women who served in the USMC. I am honored to know them.” Semper fidelis.
Guest Blogger John (“Jack”) Brady is a writer, editor, author and biographer. He was editor-in-chief at Writer’s Digest and Boston magazine, and founding editor of The Artist’s Magazine. His byline has appeared in New York magazine, New Times, Esquire, American Film, The Sunday New York Times, The Boston Globe Magazine and numerous other publications. His interview with author Evan Connell appeared in the March 2011 issue of The Writer magazine. He has taught journalism at Boston University and has been visiting professional at the Scripps School of Journalism, Ohio University and was Hearst Visiting Professor at the University of Missouri Journalism School.
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