94-Year-Old Marine Has Two Weeks To Live, But He’s Determined To Be At His Grandson’s Graduation

by Megan Wrappe
Megan is a writer from North Carolina who loves sports, sees way too many Broadway shows, and loves a good adventure! When she's not writing, you can find her curled up in bed with a Jane Austen book.

Skylar Martin entered the Marines because his grandfather, James Pike, had also served. And when he was preparing to graduate, he hoped that his hero would be there.

But then sadly, Skylar and his family were told that their grandfather had only two weeks to live.

The family prepared themselves for the fact that their favorite Marine wouldn’t be at Skylar’s graduation. But once a Marine, always a Marine, and James was determined to see his grandson walk across the stage.

And that’s exactly what he did on a bright summer morning, which brought tears to everyone’s eyes.

“It’s been exciting, stressful, and more excitement,” said April Martin, James’ daughter and Skylar’s mother when asked what it’s been like to get her Dad here.

“This is what he’s been waiting for, to see Skylar graduate,” she said.

Wrapped in a marine blanket from head to toe, James finally saw what he had been waiting for. He watched his grandson graduate sitting in the stands with his daughter and other family members. And with tears in his eyes, Skylar tried to put into words what that meant.

“It’s amazing because I thought he wouldn’t be able to,” Skylar said. “He’s one of main reasons I decided to join,” he said, fighting back tears.

“But he’s here, he’s here,” his Mom April said to him, also choking up, and that’s all that mattered.

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