Archive for Friday, November 11, 2005

Marines celebrate 230 years

Event attracts current, former troops

November 11, 2005


Old leathernecks and young jarheads celebrated the Marine Corps' 230th birthday Thursday, cutting cake but solemnly remembering their brethren fighting abroad.

Former Lawrence Mayor Erv Hodges, who spent 23 years in the Marines, hosted Thursday's celebration at the Dole Institute of Politics.

"Most important, we remember those young veterans serving in Iraq, Afghanistan, Bosnia and all around the world," Hodges said. "They have our support and prayers."

Overall, there were more than three dozen current and former Marines - with service dating back to 1941 - on hand for the event. Attendees heard a choir from Lawrence High School sing the national anthem and Marine Hymn before listening to a video message from Gen. Michael Hagee, the corps' commandant.

"One of our strengths as Marines is we are a family," Hagee said. "Whether you served four or 40 years, you are part of that family."

That much was apparent at the Dole Institute, where more than 150 people - including current and former U.S. Marines - gathered.

Maj. Jeff Daniels cuts a slice of cake for Marines Lance Cpl. Ryan Chapman, 23, Lawrence, center, and Charley Henson, 88, retired, Lawrence, during a ceremony Thursday morning celebrating the 230th birthday of the U.S. Marine Corps at the Dole Institute of Politics.

Maj. Jeff Daniels cuts a slice of cake for Marines Lance Cpl. Ryan Chapman, 23, Lawrence, center, and Charley Henson, 88, retired, Lawrence, during a ceremony Thursday morning celebrating the 230th birthday of the U.S. Marine Corps at the Dole Institute of Politics.

"We are a corps born of an act of Congress, consecrated in sacrifice, steeped in tradition and tested in battle," said Marine Lt. Col. Earnest Garcia, a KU graduate, in a speech that moved some of the veterans in the audience to tears.

Hodges said the Lawrence celebration has been held for 35 years, started by a small group of city employees who had formerly served in the corps.

A number of ex-Marines who had been in public service in Lawrence were on hand Thursday: Former Mayor Marty Kennedy, former Undersheriff Bill Shepard, former Fire Chief Jim McSwain and former Public Works Director George Williams were among those celebrating.

But the party wasn't limited to Lawrence.

"These celebrations occur throughout the world," Hodges said. "Everywhere."

Veterans day

The American Legion, the Veterans of Foreign Wars and the DAV will combine to host a Veterans Day ceremony at 11 a.m. today at the American Legion post, 3408 W. Sixth Street. The public is invited.


just_another_bozo_on_this_bus 12 years ago

This comment has nothing to do with the Marines, but any time I see the phrase "God bless __," to me it just naturally implies "God damn everybody else." Does God really work that way?

just_another_bozo_on_this_bus 12 years ago

No, my bleak outlook is on the expectations people have of the divine-- especially when it's used as a justification for carpet bombing other countries, sending in occupying troops, and then when one of them is unfortunate enough to get killed, demanding that God "bless" him.

just_another_bozo_on_this_bus 12 years ago

Yes, I do tend to try to understand the underlying logic of such statements.

Any time you single one particular group out to be "blessed" by God, you are excluding, for whatever reason, anyone who doesn't belong in that group. If God chooses not to "bless" someone, does that mean He has "damned" them, or is He just ignoring them. If it's the latter, what's the difference between being damned by God, and being merely ignored by Him.

And what sort of petioning is most effective with God? Do all those bumper stickers asking God to "bless America" really work?

Will Jamesaust's internet admonishment in this thread work? How will we know if it's been effective?

Will God smite Dover PA because Pat Robertson has a cable network to spread his lunacy?

Enquiring minds want to know.

pz5g1 12 years ago

Just because I wish you good luck does not then mean I wish everyone else bad luck.

just_another_bozo_on_this_bus 12 years ago

Wishing someone good luck is very different from demanding that God do so-- especially if you think it will actually happen.

bearded_gnome 12 years ago

indeed, and what's really amazing is that this is a thread under what is a very plainly honorable story, to mark the historic contributions of the Marines.
and, because of Bonzo's loony liberal values, and his intense intolerance of traditional Christianity, he uses it as an opportunity to attack some one for saying "God bless the Marines!" he doesn't understand that this is not a "demand" as he says, no, he would not understand that it is rather a humble prayer in recognition that God is greater than the one uttering the prayer, calling upon the Divine to care for them in their courageous choices.




just_another_bozo_on_this_bus 12 years ago

"Bonzo really isn't worthy of their protection."

Good thing I didn't need it, but I appreciate their good intentions.

just_another_bozo_on_this_bus 12 years ago

I suggest we either concentrate on just defending ourselves against foreign attack, which could be done for way less than half what we are currently spending on the military, or change the name back to the old, and more accurate, name-- the War Dept.

bearded_gnome 12 years ago

Arminius, you notice how intense, and even socially inappropriate Bonzo is about God, prayer, etc.
it occurred to me, since we get our first image of what God might be like, that poor Bonzo might have major unresolved bitterness/anger with his father. and so, he projects his feelings against his father against God instead.
so, perhaps arminius, we ought to be praying for God to help his obviously tortured soul. was it physical abuse? or maybe bonzo just felt completely unwanted by his father?

on this thread to honor the wonderful service of the Marines, he's going off in totally socially inappropriate tangents. and, I'm sure he offends many who otherwise might agree with his perspective, stated in other places or in other more constructive ways.

just_another_bozo_on_this_bus 12 years ago

I didn't know you cared, BG. I'm getting all teary-eyed.

bearded_gnome 12 years ago

Anybody gotten the "Marine heros" stamp series?

just_another_bozo_on_this_bus 12 years ago

Whatever it is, it wouldn't be what BushCo was doing on 9-11.

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