Thank you for serving our great Nation.
Thank you for serving our great Nation.
This came to us in an email the morning of the 242nd USMC Birthday from one of our Marine Dad “Elfs”. He’s a private person, likes to stay in the background… and when he speaks, we listen. He has a special gift of saying so much in so few words. And he has a very deep respect for Marines.
“On this, the 242nd birthday of the Marine Corps, I, like all Corps parents have deep emotions about our sons and the battles they fought and some still fight.”
Reading the battles our sons fought during active duty listed along with some of the most hard- fought battles in the history of the United States Marine Corps – Guadalcanal, Chosin, Khe Sanh and so many more in the Commandant’s 2017 Birthday Message… yes… we have deep emotions.
And we’re very proud of our Marines – every single one of them, whether they’re a 96 year old Iwo Jima Warrior or a PFC at the Recruit Depot on Family Day, we are proud of them, and we are grateful for their service.
Thank you for serving.
You can read the Commandant’s Birthday Message here:
10 November 2017
A MESSAGE FROM THE COMMANDANT OF THE MARINE CORPS
or watch his video message here:
2017 Birthday Message
“Commandant of the Marine Corps Gen. Robert Neller and Sgt. Maj. of the Marine Corps Ronald Green speak to Marines and Sailors about the importance of teamwork to the success of our Corps.”
And then there is this:
“Be a man of principle. Fight for what you believe in. Keep your word. Live with integrity. Be brave. Believe in something bigger than yourself. Serve your country. Teach. Mentor. Give something to back to society. Lead from the front. Conquer your fears. Be a good friend. Be humble and self-confident. Appreciate your friends and family. Be a leader and not a follower. Be valorous on the battlefield. Take responsibility for your actions.”
These words from Marine Major Douglas Zembiec were taken from his combat journal under the title “Principles My Father Taught Me”. Major Zembiec was killed in action March 11, 2007, during his 4th tour of duty in Iraq, during a raid against insurgent forces.
The “Lion of Fallujah”.
Many thanks to this year’s “Elfs” for the Holiday cards and gifts! We are so very grateful for your support as we continue our mission at Walter Reed-Bethesda. We’ll post an after-action report after the holidays.
Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays!
This is your opportunity to say THANK YOU to the patients at Walter Reed NMMC and let them know they are in your thoughts this holiday season.
We are very grateful to our “Elfs” who’ve helped Marine Moms-Bethesda bring “Holiday Cheer” to Walter Reed since 2007. Thank you for caring and for giving your precious time to bring “Holiday Cheer” to the patients and their families at Walter Reed-Bethesda.
“Holiday Cheer” has been one of the events over the years that really touches the heart. Seeing support come in during the holidays from all over the country for the men and women we serve when they are so far from home is very humbling. They really appreciate your efforts. Thank you for your consideration.
We have friends whose sons came home with the American flag draped over their coffins. They are “Gold Star Mothers”. That’s what the Gold Star in the banner above represents – a son or daughter lost during war time. You might see it hanging in a window at their home or as a sticker on their car.
Gold Star Mothers sometimes wear the pin you see in the picture. It’s actually called a “lapel button”, not a pin. It’s small, maybe you have to look twice to notice it. Sometimes the Mom will turn it into a necklace.
A SMALL reminder of the HUGE sacrifice paid by their child while in service to our country – your country and my country.
We hope you will take a moment to stop, pause, reflect on, and honor the sacrifices paid by those who have made this country great, and remember the loved ones they’ve left behind.
Their pain is deep, their courage is strong. Our hearts are with you this day and every day.
Our hearts, thoughts, and prayers are always with the men and women, and their families, who have sacrificed so much for our country. NOT a day goes by that we don’t remember them.
Memorial Day is to give remembrance to, and honor our Nation’s war dead.
The first “Decoration Day”, 30 May 1868, was designated by General John A. Logan
“for the purpose of strewing with flowers or otherwise decorating the graves of comrades who died in defense of their country during the late rebellion, and whose bodies now lie in almost every city, village, and hamlet church-yard in the land. In this observance no form of ceremony is prescribed, but posts and comrades will in their own way arrange such fitting services and testimonials of respect as circumstances may permit.”
In 1967 the day was officially named “Memorial Day”.
On June 28, 1968, Congress passed the Uniform Monday Holiday Act, which moved Memorial Day from its traditional date to the last Monday in May in order to create a convenient three-day weekend.
Several southern states have an additional separate day for honoring the Confederate war dead: January 19th in Texas; April 26th in Alabama, Florida, Georgia, and Mississippi; May 10th in South Carolina; and June 3rd (Jefferson Davis’ birthday) in Louisiana and Tennessee.
Have things really changed that much since May 30, 1868? Continue reading Reflections on Memorial Day 2017
Being far from home in a hospital over the Holidays is no fun.
We were grateful to once again have the opportunity to bring some “Holiday Cheer” to recovering Marines at the hospital.
On December 7, 2016 Marine Moms-Bethesda delivered gifts and cards to the Marine Corps Wounded Warrior Battalion-East Detachment at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center. This was our 10th year bringing cheer to patients!
With so few combat patients on the hospital ward, we focused our “Holiday Cheer” efforts on our annual card campaign and adopting three recovering Marines.
Continue reading AAR – “Holiday Cheer 2016”
Every year on November 10th, United States Marines all over the world gather to celebrate their Birthday.
From the Continental Marines in 1775 to the Marine Corps of today, their rich history and Warrior ethos binds them together.
“Once a Marine, always a Marine.”
Choptank Marine Corps League Detachment 439 celebrated their Brotherhood and Birthday Thursday evening at the VFW Post in Easton, MD. Marines from WW II thru the current missions were represented.
Check In! The Ladies checked everyone in, gave out door prize tickets and sold raffle tickets for the 50/50.
The Easton High School JROTC presented the Colors.
After the opening ceremony and formalities, Wayne and the Gunny told a few “sea stories”. We won’t try to re-tell them here because no one tells a sea story like a Marine. You had to be there.
There were mentions of Belleau Wood, “OohRahs”, “UrrrrRahs”, and even a “HooRah”, and someone saying, “When I was in, we used to say “Gung Ho!”
Wayne, the Detachment’s Commandant, said, “The one thing we all have in common is Boot Camp. ” Comments about “sand fleas”, “alligators”, and oh… “Hollywood Marines” were heard. All good-natured, connections they all have.
The Brotherhood is there no matter where they went to Boot Camp, what their MOS was, or where they served.
After the buffet prepared by the VFW Ladies – wings, meatballs, pulled pork, rolls, cole slaw, baked beans, veggie tray, chips and dip, it was time to cut the cake.
Two cakes, one chocolate and one yellow.
Marine Corps tradition is to have the oldest and the youngest Marine in the room cut the cake. This represents the passing of the honor, experience and heart of the Corps to the next generation of Marines to carry on.
This year’s oldest Marine is 91 years young, and fought on Okinawa in WWII and the youngest Marine is 27 years old.
It was a nice evening in the company of Heroes.
They signed cards for us to give to the combat patients at Walter Reed, and presented Marine Moms-Bethesda with a very generous donation toward our 2016 Holiday Cheer project of adopting two single Marines and a Marine family living in the out-patient barracks at the hospital. We are very grateful for their support over the years. Thank you, Marines!
If you are interested in becoming a member of the Choptank Marine Corps League Detachment, we can hook you up with one of them for more information, just let us know. They currently meet the 4th Thursday of the month in Easton, MD and would love new members.
Commandant of the Marine Corps, General Robert B. Neller’s 241st Birthday Message can be read HERE.
And a video is here:
Commandant of the US Marine Corps Gen. Robert Neller and Sgt. Maj. Ronald Green speak to Marines and sailors about the importance of reunions and staying connected. (US Marine corps courtesy motion imagery/Released)
“The Few and The Proud.”
There’s a reason for this.
As things have changed at the hospital, we’ve adapted our luncheons. Thoughts of years past and how things have changed come to mind as we reflect on those we’ve served.
Our main mission since 2007 has been serving wounded warriors and their family members. This is why we formed – to serve our “sons by another mother” who were so far from home. And now we sometimes serve our “daughters by another mother”, too.
As the numbers of combat casualties have decreased, we’re serving “regular” active duty, Veterans, and their families more so than combat patients. Because there are fewer combat casualties, we adjusted our schedule to three luncheons this year.
The luncheons impact is still the same. Food for the families when the cafeteria in the hospital is closed, family members stay with us to eat because their loved one can’t have solids, the surprise that we’re there, and the appreciation and thanks for the meal and niftie-gifties.
Our supporters and “Elfs” are very much appreciated by those we serve. You help to make the luncheons quite awesome!
We’ve watched the hospital expand and grow as Walter Reed and Bethesda Naval planned to merge. Continue reading November 6, 2016 – 4th Floor: USMC & Veterans Day Theme
Sunday’s luncheon was really nice. Dina and Dina were a pleasure to work with. Yes, who would have thought there would be two Dinas? With help from HM2 C. from the WIFLO we were ready to serve a half hour early. Thank you, Ladies. Job well done!
Brother Dave popped in to say hello, always nice to see him. He’s so dedicated to the patients at Walter Reed.
Our “Elfs”, along with our volunteers, are dedicated, too. They are what makes the luncheons so special for the people we serve.
Quilts and pillowcases from Bayside Quilters of the Eastern Shore in Easton, and Olde Kent Quilters in Chestertown, MD keeps giving LOVE to the patients and their families. Continue reading August 21, 2016 – 4th Floor: Thank You, “Elfs”!
7/26/2016 update :
By all accounts, we’ve heard the “3rd Annual American Heroes Dinner” hosted by Honoring The Sacrifice Foundation was very enjoyable!
It was an honor to be involved as a sponsor for three VIP tables through the generosity of an anonymous donor. Thank you for supporting this organization that is helping to better the lives of those who have sacrificed so much on our Nation’s behalf.
“Elfs” in the Chattanooga area helped us get the word out and fill the seats. Thank you!
Special thanks to Mr. John Shackleford for sharing his personal photographs from the dinner with us. It was nice being able to place the names on our guest list with pictures of our guests.
To view the official pictures from the event please visit Honoring the Sacrifice’s American Heroes Dinner photo gallery by clicking HERE.
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