McMullen heading to Marines

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Staff Sgt. Joshua Allen and Triston McMullen

As the country took a day to remember those who have paid the ultimate sacrifice on Memorial Day, an 18- year-old in Canton is counting down to the days to boot camp.

Triston McMullen of Canton is looking forward to Aug 28, the day he leaves for boot camp to become a Marine. He is heading to San Diego, Calif., for 13 weeks. After 13 weeks, he will return home for a short reprieve and then head back for Basic Reconnaissance Courses.

McMullen has been waiting for Aug. 28 since he was 7 years old. His mother, Tabetha McMullen, said she has watched her son being called to serve.

“Honestly, I tried to advise him against it at a young age,” said Tabetha. “I even tried reverse psychology and that didn’t work. I did a lot of praying and asked God to change his (Triston’s) mind.”

Tabetha asked Triston if he could really do what would be required of him as a Marine. His response was, “All I know, is that at the end of the day, I know that this is what God has called me to do. I have accepted that, and now I need you to accept it so I know you are okay while I do what I am called to do.”

“I knew at that point, this was no longer rebellion or something he wanted to do,” said Tabetha. “God told me at that point that he wouldn’t change Triston’s mind, rather he would change my heart. I knew that it was God’s will. I am just praying that God is going to give me the strength as a mother so I can do what I need to do so he can do what he needs to do.”

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