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John Morris posted a gallery image in Patriot Woodworker's in ActionPatriot Woodworker's making a difference. Allen Worsham on the left, with Cpl Carlos Garcia center, and John Morris on the right. Helping to build a home, one veteran at a time. @Allen Worsham and @John Morris met at the ground breaking ceremony to help kick off the future home of USMC Cpl Carlos Garcia. If you would like to help build a home in your area, please go to our interactive Homes For Our Troops Map.
The United States Marine Corps traces its institutional roots to the Continental Marines of the American Revolutionary War, formed by Captain Samuel Nicholas by a resolution of the Second Continental Congress on 10 November 1775, to raise two battalions of Marines. That date is regarded and celebrated as the date of the Marine Corps' birthday. At the end of the American Revolution, both the Continental Navy and Continental Marines were disbanded in April 1783. The institution itself would not be resurrected until 11 July 1798. At that time, in preparation for the Quasi-War with France, Congress created the United States Marine Corps. Marines had been enlisted by the War Department as early as August 1797 for service in the new-build frigates authorized by the Congressional "Act to provide a Naval Armament" of 18 March 1794, which specified the numbers of Marines to be recruited for each frigate. Read more...... Links of Interest Marines.com Marine Corps 241st Birthday “All right, they’re on our left, they’re on our right, they’re in front of us, they’re behind us…they can’t get away this time” – Lewis B. Chesty Puller, USMC By V. Zveg for the Navy Art Collection [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons Oil painting on canvas by V. Zveg, 1973, depicting Continental Sailors and Marines landing on New Providence Island, Bahamas, on 3 March 1776. Their initial objective, Fort Montagu, is in the left distance. Close off shore are the small vessels used to transport the landing force to the vicinity of the beach. They are (from left to right): two captured sloops, schooner Wasp and sloop Providence. The other ships of the American squadron are visible in the distance.
John Morris posted a topic in The Veterans Corner and Causes ForumOur daughter was invited to play Amazing Grace on her violin for the funeral of a local hero, Sgt. Major Edward S Bardwell (1927-2016) WWII Veteran. The Sgt Major could be seen in every 4h of July parade riding a vintage WWII Willys and machine gun mounted. He was the man we all could not wait to see in the parade every year, and wave and cheer. We are all saddened to lose another WWII veteran as they leave us at the rate of 429 souls per day. Soon our WWII veteran will be no longer with us. If you know of a WWII veteran in your area, talk to them, hear their stories, record their stories, they will not be with us much longer, they will have gone the way of our WWI veterans. Our last US WWI veteran Frank Buckles passed in 2011. Soon we will be hearing of our last WWII veteran passing. Don't let the opportunity go by if you are near a WWII veteran to listen, and to be with. Today our daughter played for this man, a great man. She could not have been more humbled. Thank you Sgt. Major for your service! Hooorah!!!
John Morris posted a topic in The Veterans Corner and Causes ForumIt is with deep sadness that one of our National Treasures has left us today, Chester Nez was the last Navajo Code Talker in existence, and he left for the big sky today. I know he is in good hands up there, where he is walking with his ancestors. Thank you sir for your service to our country, a country that may have treated you unfairly, yet you stepped up to protect and serve her, thank you Chester Nez. ATTENTION!!!!!!!! WARRIOR ON DECK!!!!!!!!!!! OOORAH MARINE!!!!!!!!!! Click on the image below for the full story
Memorial Day, a day of remembrance and honoring those who have put it all on the line and who paid the ultimate price while serving under the flag of The United States of America. I have mixed emotions about this day. As we roll through the daily grind of holding down a day job, we all love to have that "Monday" off and spend it with our families, and with hobbies such as woodworking, boating and camping and many other activities we Americans enjoy during this extended weekend. It's the official kick off to summer as well. But as I walked through the front doors of a major home center this morning looking for some supplies to complete some long standing "Honey-Do" list that I have been trying to knock down for years but just never seems to end, I spot a big colorful sign at the entrance of our local home center and the sign states in big bold happy letters, "HAPPY MEMORIAL DAY!". Happy? There is nothing "Happy" about this most solemn of days contained in our annual calender of holidays. What is "Happy" about this day? This one day we are supposed to take time and reflect upon those who gave their life defending our country, and protecting us from the very bad people of this world, happy? What is "Happy" about men and women losing their life before their life even began, many in their teens, and some cases even under aged, yet they wanted to serve our country so bad, they lied about their age to get into the service. What is happy about a day that we are supposed to memorialize dead Americans, most who died for a righteous cause, and many who may not have. There is nothing happy about this day my friends. Sure, my family and I will enjoy our "Monday Off" because we will be with each other, but we will also be attending a function in honor of our dead Americans where the event is sure to be solemn. For my wife and I, we will carry a heavy heart throughout the day, and our children will be encouraged to keep those same sentiments in their hearts as well. Do not think that for one instance if our military was not standing post with rifle in hand, that our enemies would just sit by and do nothing. The only reason we are able to live our lives day in and day out, without worries, able to go about our day to day tasks of visiting a Starbucks before work, seeing a movie with our family, or the simple task of having a restful sleep during the night, all of those simple things we take for granted, are completely owed to those who protect us every day. Lets enjoy the day off, lets enjoy being in company of the ones we love, but the whole while, lets not let the feeling of solemness, and remembrance leave our hearts. We owe those who are no longer with us, that. Just one day is all they are asking. Memorial Day, May 25th 2015. May God always bless the men and women who serve our country, and may He keep in a very special place those who died in service and long after, for they are the ones who gave of themselves selflessly, and they will be "Forever Young". And we'd like to ask each and every one to pray at your barbecue for our troops both past and present, and set out an empty setting over an empty chair at your dinner table, in memory, and in hope that our men and women serving today will all come home very soon.
John Morris posted a topic in The Veterans Corner and Causes ForumWith the technology the way it is today, and with the support our men and women receive, it's no wonder that anymore a lil ol thing like an amputation isn't going to keep a soldier from serving on the front lines. Who would of thought! These Three Soldiers Fought Their Way Back To The Front Lines After Losing Legs
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