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Choptank MCL Detachment’s 241st USMC Birthday Party

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.

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The Easton High School JROTC presented the Colors.

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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.

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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.

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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.

2016 Cake Cutting Ceremony

 

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.

Happy 241st Birthday, MARINES!

Commandant of the Marine Corps, General Robert B. Neller’s 241st Birthday Message can be read HERE.

And a video is here:

241st Marine Corps Birthday Message

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.

With Respect,

Jane

 

Third Annual American Heroes Dinner

7/26/2016 update :

Table 19, Honoring the Sacrifice 3rd Annual "American Heroes Dinner" July 15, 2016. Photo courtesy of Mr. John Shackleford.
Table 19, Honoring the Sacrifice 3rd Annual “American Heroes Dinner” July 15, 2016. Photo courtesy of Mr. John Shackleford.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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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Liberty 5 Memorial Ride, honoring SPC “Mikey” Yates, Aug. 28, 2016 in East New Market, MD

LIBERTY 5 MEMORIAL RIDE

Army Gold Star Mom Shawna is organizing a bike show, ride, and silent auction in honor and memory of her son,  SPC “Mikey” Yates and his “Brothers”,  SPC Jacob Barton, Sgt. Christian Bueno, MAJ Matthew Houseal, and CMDR Charles Springle.

SPC Yates and his fellow Soldiers were killed in Iraq 11 May 2009 at a Camp Liberty stress clinic when another soldier opened fire on them.

Let’s come on out, Delmarva, and show our support, help two good causes, and have a great time!

Date: August 28, 2016 

Place: Johnny’s Tavern, East New Market, MD

Registration begins at 9:00 AM; KSU at 11:00 AM

$15.00 per bike

Proceeds to benefit Hogs and Heroes MD Chapter 8 and Heroes Haven, Inc. in Sharpetown, Maryland.

For more information please contact Shawna: 410-310-2552 or visit Liberty 5 Memorial Ride’s Facebook page for updates by clicking HERE.

It’s shaping up to be an awesome event, hope you can join us!

Liberty % Memorial Ride

#ExploreVA Facebook Chat: VA Serves Women Veterans

Passing on for Women Veterans from the VA site.  For the direct link, click here.

 

Explore  VA  Facebook Chat: VA Serves Women Veterans
  • March 22, 2–3 p.m. Eastern time

If you’re one of an estimated 2.2 million women Veterans, we want you to know that VA is continually enhancing facilities, training staff and improving access to services to meet your needs.

If you served in any branch of the U.S. military, you may have earned VA health care benefits and be eligible for other VA benefits that can help you buy a home, earn a degree, advance your career, and do more in life after the military.

Join VA, representatives from Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) and others in the Veteran community for a #ExploreVA Facebook Chat to learn more about VA health care and benefits for women Veterans.

Participating is easy: Visit the VFW Facebook page on March 22 at 2 p.m. EST. The discussion will begin at 2 p.m. in the comment section of the post announcing the Facebook Chat. Register here or click the button to the right to receive an e-mail reminder the day of the event. You will need a Facebook account to view the discussion and ask questions.

During the chat, you can:

  • Learn why more than 500,000 women have enrolled in VA health care, and why many are choosing VA over private health care providers.
  • Get answers to your questions from VA and VFW experts.
  • Hear how VA continues to change to better serve women Veterans.

Event starts in 6 days

Register

Learn how VA benefits help millions of Veterans and their family members adjust to post-military life during our online events!

Happy 240th Birthday, United States Marines!

 

Happy 240th Birthday, Marines!

This evening, November 10, all over the country and beyond, Marines are celebrating their birthday. They weren’t born under a cabbage leaf, you know.  They were born in a tavern.  Tun Tavern.

And ever since, for 240 years, they’ve been Defending Freedom.

Choptank MCL Detachment's Banner

I had the pleasure of attending Choptank Marine Corps League Detachment’s Marine Corps Birthday Party at the VFW in Easton, MD tonight.  The Detachment adopted Marine Moms-Bethesda back in 2009, supporting our mission at Bethesda, then Walter Reed after the two hospitals combined.

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Guests signed in as they came through the door, were given a raffle ticket for the door prizes, had raffle tickets available to purchase for the 50/50, and there was a table to sign cards to be given to the patients at Walter Reed during our December 6th luncheon.

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Holiday Cheer 2014 – Would you like to be an MM-B Elf?

Marine Moms-Bethesda 2014 Holiday Cheer LogoThe holidays are right around the corner and it’s time to plan for “Holiday Cheer 2014”!

We’ll be serving out-patients at Walter Reed during this luncheon. They live on their own or with their caregivers in dorm-like rooms. Many are young, single, and do not have family living with them.

Not all are “combat wounded”, however they are at Walter Reed-Bethesda for medical reasons during active duty service. Our Holiday Cheer event and bi-monthly luncheons are a HUGE morale booster for them!

The event consists of a holiday meal, Christmas stockings, handwritten holiday and Christmas cards from across the USA, cookies baked by our local “Elfs” AND a whoooole lotta CHEER!

“Holiday Cheer 2014” will be on December 4th, 2014. Location: USO. Serving Time: 11:30 AM – 1:00 PM  This event will be limited to 25 wounded, injured, or ill service members and their family members, first come, first served.

Would you like to be a Marine Moms-Bethesda Elf? Sponsor a stocking or send cards! Here’s how!

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2nd Annual Veteran Resource & Volunteer Fair at Glen Echo Park

Mark your calendars and come see us Saturday!

Glenn Echo EventThe 2nd Annual Veteran Resource and Volunteer Fair is Saturday May 10th at Glen Echo Park’s beautiful Spanish Ballroom from 10am to 3pm.

Come learn about local services—employment, guide dogs, financial assistance—and bring the Family.

Tickets are available on a first come basis for the Historic Dentzel Carousel & The Puppet Co.’s showing of Pinocchio, so bring the Family!

New this year, organizations like Marine Moms-Bethesda, Operation Homefront, Warrior Canine Connection, Easter Seals and more will be there to talk about ways you can volunteer! Come participate in a service project honoring military, veterans & their families.

For more, visit

http://servingtogetherproject.org/veteran-resource-and-community-volunteer-fair/