LCPL CALEB G. GENIN
July 4, 1990 – April 3, 2010
This square is done in loving memory of my son, Caleb Genin. It represents the deep compassion that he had for his Lord, his country, his family and his friends, even in death.
The meaning of this square is “Jam Packed”, because with only his 19 years with us, he accomplished more both mortally and eternally than most have in a lifetime.
Everything in this square has a meaning, from the specific use of colors to the carefully chosen images and designs:
The Picture – as a young boy, Caleb was always looked up to and respected by his peers, as a leader and someone they could count on. Since a child, he always had an attraction to the American flag and it was his goal and lifelong dream to serve his country.
The Marine Flag - represents honor, courage and commitment. These characteristics were more than just words to Caleb. They were a lifestyle, and he would strive to do his best at all things.
The Red Rose - when Caleb wanted to show his love in a flower, he chose the red rose. The rose (which represents the blood of Christ) and the heart shape (which reminds us of a mother’s love) were designed by me for his headstone. It is God’s autograph; the red in the rose symbolizes love and the green leaves remind us of new life.
The Heart - was very special to Caleb probably because he had such a burning compassion for people and living life to the fullest. It was one of our ways of communicating with each other and still is today.
The Black Words - reminds us of the sin in our lives and the eternal separation from God.
The Blue - washing the sin away through Jesus Christ, the only Son of God.
The White - is for the purity, cleansing us from sin.
The Gold in the Buttons - symbolizes the golden gate of Heaven and reminds us all of the opportunity God has given each and every person to spend eternal life in Heaven with our Lord and others who love Him.
If you look carefully at the picture, you will see a rainbow in the background. The rainbow symbolizes God’s promise and His two open hands and the Holy Spirit in the form of a dove just under the rainbow. You see the Trinity of the Lord’s head, three in one. Ironically, this picture was on a sympathy card that appeared in his high school graduation cards only a year ago. I believe God sent me my sympathy card so I could have peace seeing that love from Christ hugging Caleb. The cross that is shown was part of a tattoo with the Psalm, “Praise to the Lord my rock, who trains my hands for war” that Caleb put on his back while in the Marine Corps; it was his way of always being a witness for Christ in life and death. The rose has much beauty and a sweet fragrance just as life does, but it also has thorns that cause pain and bleeding, but only for a while. There is a reason for all things; live each day to the fullest, recognizing the beauty, love and appreciation for all things. Forgive, just as Jesus died to forgive us.
Something I will always hold close to my heart is the motor of the Marine Corps; “Semper Fidelis”, which is Latin for “Always Faithful”. It distinguishes the bond and brotherhood between Marines and their families and lasts for life. The transformation into a Marine is one that can never be undone; there is no such thing as an ‘ex-Marine’. Their motto reminds us that once a Marine is made, they will forever life by ethics and values of the Corps.
“Till We Meet Again”
Susan Ardoin Stoot