Young Marines Units from Across the Nation Salute

By Andy Richardson, GR-PR  |  2019-01-04

Traveled to Hawaii for 77th Anniversary of Pearl Harbor Attack

Pearl Harbor, Hawaii (MPG) - One hundred twenty-five youth members of the Young Marines from 25 separate units throughout the United States traveled to Hawaii to participate in the 77th anniversary Pearl Harbor Day Remembrance.

Four youth members of the Sacramento Young Marines in Carmichael were part of a wreath laying ceremony in Pearl Harbor on December 6, and they marched in the Pearl Harbor Memorial Parade on December 7. The Sacramento Young Marines joined 125 Young Marines from across the country for Pearl Harbor Remembrances.

The Young Marines along with the leadership of the American Legion, Marine Corps League Hawaii, and Vietnam Veterans of America Hawaii, performed a wreath laying ceremony at the National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific, the Punchbowl, in memory of all the brave men and women who are interred there.

A significant honor for the Young Marines was leading the Pearl Harbor Memorial Parade in Honolulu. They carried the banners of the 12 capital ships that were attacked. The parade’s objective was to honor the heroes and survivors of Pearl Harbor and World War II, to pay tribute to veterans, active duty military members and military families, to celebrate freedom and to keep in remembrance the heinous events of Dec. 7, 1941.

In addition, the Young Marines cleaned-up three beaches, Ft. Hase Beach, North Beach, and Pyramid Rock Beach, at Marine Corps Base Hawaii.

“The Young Marines met some of the survivors of that historic event of 77 years ago,” said Col William P. Davis USMC (Ret), national executive director and CEO of the Young Marines. “Those veterans are, in every sense of the words - living history, and each has a story to tell. It is an honor for Young Marines to meet these veterans and memorialize the one who are no longer with us.”

Young Marines units raised funds at their local level to supplement the costs of traveling to Hawaii to attend the remembrance ceremonies. Young Marines used their creativity, and applied the program’s core values - leadership, teamwork and discipline - to implement unique and effective fundraising efforts.

The Young Marines is a national non-profit 501c (3) youth education and service program for boys and girls, age eight through the completion of high school. The Young Marines promotes the mental, moral and physical development of its members. The program focuses on teaching the values of leadership, teamwork and self-discipline, so its members can live and promote a healthy, drug-free lifestyle.

Since the Young Marines' humble beginnings in 1959 with one unit and a handful of boys, the organization has grown to 270 units with 9,000 youth and 2,600 adult volunteers in 40 states, the District of Columbia, Japan, and affiliates in other countries.

For more information, visit the official website at: https://www.YoungMarines.com.

Young Marines Units from Across the Nation Salute

By Andy Richardson, GR-PR  |  2019-01-04

Four youth members of the Sacramento Young Marines in Carmichael were part of a wreath laying ceremony in Pearl Harbor on Dec. 6, and they marched in the Pearl Harbor Memorial Parade on Dec. 7. The Sacramento Young Marines joined 125 Young Marines from across the country for Pearl Harbor Remembrances.  Photo courtesy Andy Richardson, GR-PR

Traveled to Hawaii for 77th Anniversary of Pearl Harbor Attack

Pearl Harbor, Hawaii (MPG) - One hundred twenty-five youth members of the Young Marines from 25 separate units throughout the United States traveled to Hawaii to participate in the 77th anniversary Pearl Harbor Day Remembrance.

Four youth members of the Sacramento Young Marines in Carmichael were part of a wreath laying ceremony in Pearl Harbor on December 6, and they marched in the Pearl Harbor Memorial Parade on December 7. The Sacramento Young Marines joined 125 Young Marines from across the country for Pearl Harbor Remembrances.

The Young Marines along with the leadership of the American Legion, Marine Corps League Hawaii, and Vietnam Veterans of America Hawaii, performed a wreath laying ceremony at the National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific, the Punchbowl, in memory of all the brave men and women who are interred there.

A significant honor for the Young Marines was leading the Pearl Harbor Memorial Parade in Honolulu. They carried the banners of the 12 capital ships that were attacked. The parade’s objective was to honor the heroes and survivors of Pearl Harbor and World War II, to pay tribute to veterans, active duty military members and military families, to celebrate freedom and to keep in remembrance the heinous events of Dec. 7, 1941.

In addition, the Young Marines cleaned-up three beaches, Ft. Hase Beach, North Beach, and Pyramid Rock Beach, at Marine Corps Base Hawaii.

“The Young Marines met some of the survivors of that historic event of 77 years ago,” said Col William P. Davis USMC (Ret), national executive director and CEO of the Young Marines. “Those veterans are, in every sense of the words - living history, and each has a story to tell. It is an honor for Young Marines to meet these veterans and memorialize the one who are no longer with us.”

Young Marines units raised funds at their local level to supplement the costs of traveling to Hawaii to attend the remembrance ceremonies. Young Marines used their creativity, and applied the program’s core values - leadership, teamwork and discipline - to implement unique and effective fundraising efforts.

The Young Marines is a national non-profit 501c (3) youth education and service program for boys and girls, age eight through the completion of high school. The Young Marines promotes the mental, moral and physical development of its members. The program focuses on teaching the values of leadership, teamwork and self-discipline, so its members can live and promote a healthy, drug-free lifestyle.

Since the Young Marines' humble beginnings in 1959 with one unit and a handful of boys, the organization has grown to 270 units with 9,000 youth and 2,600 adult volunteers in 40 states, the District of Columbia, Japan, and affiliates in other countries.

For more information, visit the official website at: https://www.YoungMarines.com.

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Toys for Tots Gift Drop-off at Vet Center

By Elise Spleiss  |  2016-12-15

Congressman Ami Bera with Santa and participants at the 2015 Toys for Tots toy drop off event. 
--Photo courtesy of the Citrus Heights Veteran’s Community Center

It’s “Toys for Tots” time again at the Citrus Heights Veterans Community Center. The local Marine Toys for Tots Foundation collects and distributes toys at Christmas for needy children in the greater Sacramento area.

Congressman Ami Bera has sponsored this event with the Community Center since its inception in 2013. He will be present with his staff to celebrate with the community.

Volunteers from the Veteran’s Community Center will first be at the Citrus Heights Walmart on Friday, Dec. 16 from 10 a.m. to 7 pm. to accept your donations of new, unwrapped toys and other gifts for children of all ages.

Then on Saturday, December 17, the official toy drop-off begins at 9 a.m. at 6921 Sylvan Road, and continues until 2 p.m. Just drive up to the Center and deliver your donation into the hands of a U.S. Marine.

Have your picture taken with Santa and inspect a World War II Jeep and other military memorabilia. Also volunteering will be the Casa Robles R.O.T.C. and Citrus Heights Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts.

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Sacramento Region Honors the U.S. Naval Construction Force

Source: City of Rancho Cordova  |  2016-11-03

Rancho Cordova’s 11th Annual Veterans Day Ceremony will be held on Friday, November 11 to remember our veterans and honor the missions of the U.S. Naval Construction Forces (Seabees).

Did you serve in the U.S. Naval Construction Forces? You are cordially invited to Rancho Cordova’s Veterans Day Ceremony to be recognized for your service.

The ceremony will be held in the Veterans Memorial Plaza at the Sacramento VA Medical Center, 10535 Hospital Way at Mather. Pre-program entertainment will begin at 9:30 a.m. followed by the commemoration program at 10 a.m. Music entertainment will be provided by the Rancho Cordova River City Concert Band, featuring the “Song of the Seabees.”

The Seabees’ motto of “We Build - We Fight” recognizes the work of the members of the U.S. Naval Construction Forces. The Seabees have a history of building bases, bulldozing and paving thousands of miles of roadway and airstrips, and accomplishing myriad other construction projects in a wide variety of military theaters dating back to World War II. The word “Seabee” comes from the initials “CB,” which comes from the term “Construction Battalion.”

The Seabees first became active on March 5, 1942 during World Water II when U.S. involvement was expected on both the Pacific and Atlantic Oceans. More than 100,000 Seabees were trained during World War II and have continued to serve since. The Seabees now include 7,000 active personnel and 6,927 reserve personnel.

Ceremony speakers will include Congressman Ami Bera; Senator Jim Nielsen; Assemblyman Ken Cooley; Kathryn K. Bucher, Associate Director of Patient Care Services/Nurse Executive at VA Northern California Healthcare System; Rancho Cordova Mayor David Sander; and Rancho Cordova Council Member Robert J. McGarvey, who spearheaded the first Veterans Day and Memorial Day events in Rancho Cordova. The Vultures Row Aviation Team will provide a flyover towards the end of the ceremony.

The ceremony is sponsored by the City of Rancho Cordova, the Department of Veterans Affairs Northern California Health Care System, AlphaGraphics Rancho Cordova, and Republic Services.

Rancho Cordova City Hall will be closed on Friday, November 11 in observance of Veterans Day. For more information about the event, please call (916) 851-8700.

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Senator Gaines Asks Governor to Support California Veterans in Bonus Repayment Fiasco

Source: Office of Senator Ted Gaines  |  2016-10-25

Senator Ted Gaines (R-El Dorado) today sent the following letter to Governor Jerry Brown requesting that he take action to support the California National Guard veterans being forced to repay enlistment bonuses:

Dear Governor Brown,

I am writing to ask you to be a champion for more than 10,000 California National Guard veterans who are currently being subjected to an unbelievable injustice.

The Los Angeles Times recently reported that these Guard members have been ordered to repay enlistment bonuses they received as a condition for enlisting or reenlisting in the Guard during the height of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, when the nation was desperate for combat soldiers to carry out its missions.

These soldiers deployed in combat roles and risked their lives in service to freedom and their fellow Americans. Now, due to incompetence and mismanagement in the enlistment bonus program, the Department of Defense is demanding repayment from these soldiers a decade after the fact.

This is unacceptable. The time for certainty in this program was BEFORE these fighting men and women shipped off to war. To demand these bonuses back now is little more than a cruel bait-and-switch for our combat veterans. The calculation in this travesty is entirely backwards – it is the country that owes, and will continue to owe, a debt to these soldiers.

Thank you in advance for working with California’s legislative delegation in Washington to ensure that our veterans are being honored for their service and not suffering from this betrayal at the hands of the Pentagon.

Sincerely,

Ted Gaines

Senator, 1st District

Senator Ted Gaines represents the 1st Senate District, which includes all or parts of Alpine, El Dorado, Lassen, Modoc, Nevada, Placer, Plumas, Sacramento, Shasta, Sierra and Siskiyou counties.

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Veterans 7th Annual Appreciation Picnic

By Paul Reyes with Elise Spleiss  |  2016-09-15

The girls of Girl Scout Troop 223 were eager to help serve the veterans and went above and beyond their own service during the day.

On Saturday September 27th Citrus Heights held its 7th Veterans Appreciation Picnic at Rusch Park. Some 400 Veterans and their families came to this annual event to spend a day relaxing, listening to music, checking out the many veterans’ resources, and hopefully winning one of the many great raffle prizes.

The event was collaboration with the Citrus Heights American Legion Post 637, members of GFWC Citrus Heights Women’s Club, American Legion Auxiliary Unit 637, Citrus Heights Lions Club, Reichert’s Funeral Home and others who donated food, supplies and the many raffle prizes.

This year’s guest of honor was Alejandro Jauregui of Williams, CA. Jauregui served two tours of duty in Iran and was on his second tour in Afghanistan in 2012 when he stepped on an IED, resulting in the loss of both legs.

Jauregui commented in a text, “I’m very grateful and honored to be chosen as this year’s honoree. WWII vets are often referred to as the “greatest generation”, but I know military friends and I often spoke about how indebted we are to the Vietnam vets. They went through hell and came back to hell and have made sure that our nation’s vets never go through that again.”

Also honored was Sgt. Jason Baldwin of the Citrus Heights Police Department as Police Officer of the Year. His accolades were too many to mention but suffice it to say he deserved the award.

Police Chief Christopher Boyd and his family were also in attendance. Boyd was recognized with a Certificate of Commendation for his 10 years of service as our Chief of Police. Boyd will be stepping down as police chief to become the new city manager, replacing Henry Tingle who retires the end of 2016.

New at this year’s picnic were two “Missing Man” tables, the traditional military version and, continuing with our solidarity with the Citrus Height police officers, a Missing Man memorial was built to remember all police officers who have lost their lives in the line of duty. The Legion received a very appreciative thank you from the police department for this memorial as it meant quite a bit to them all.

The CHPD provided their imposing emergency rescue vehicle, a gutted army tank, a 2009 Navistar Maxxpro MRAP, as a popular photo opportunity.

Horses Healing Heroes, 4 Paws 2 Freedom and Canine Companions for Independence were a resource favorite, matching up these animals with our veterans. Dozens of other veteran and non-profit resources were available.

Attendees again enjoyed the traditional BBQ lunch of hot dog, hamburgers, and hot wings prepared again by Wild Wade’s BBQ & Grill of Citrus Heights. Members of the American Legion Auxiliary Unit 637, GFWC Citrus Heights Women’s Club and the Lion’s club provide hundreds of cookies and beverages.

Our day was a big success and we look forward to another great event next year!

Contact: Paul Reyes, Commander American Legion Post 637; 916-743-2008

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Annual Vet’s Picnic Slated for August 27

By Elise Spleiss  |  2016-08-04

The 7th Annual Veteran’s Appreciation and Resource Picnic will be held Saturday, August 27, at Rusch Park, 7801 Auburn Blvd. at the Gazebo/Pavilion from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Citrus Heights American Legion Post 637 is hosting the 7th annual Veteran’s Appreciation and Resource Picnic to honor the area’s active duty servicemen and servicewomen, our retired veterans of past wars and conflicts, and their families.

This free event will be held Saturday, August 27, at Rusch Park, 7801 Auburn Blvd. at the Gazebo/Pavilion from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.  All veterans and their families and friends are welcome.

The day will begin with the award winning Bella Vista High School Marching Band, the Folsom Marine Corps Honor Guard, and recognition of our veterans from members of city council and local veteran’s groups.

Guest of honor this year is Alejandro Jauregui of Williams, CA.  Jauregui served two tours of duty in Iran and was on his second tour in Afghanistan in 2012 when he stepped on an IED, resulting in the loss of both legs.

A traditional “Missing Man Table” memorial is being created to honor those fallen soldiers who cannot be present.

Be sure to look for the horses and canines, a favorite of adults and children alike. Horses Healing Heroes and 4 Paws 2 Freedom will be present, sharing how their programs help our veterans, along with dozens of other veteran and non-profit resources.

Scheduled children’s activities include a bounce house, face painting and crafts.

Lunch will be a hot dog and hamburger barbeque with all the fixings prepared again by Wild Wade’s BBQ & Grill of Citrus Heights. Members of the American Legion Auxiliary Unit 637, GFWC Citrus Heights Women’s Club and the Lion’s club will provide dessert and drinks.

Covered, accessible picnic tables are available or bring your own chairs, blankets and umbrellas.

Our sponsors and members of the community are donating gift baskets and other opportunity drawing prizes to show their appreciation to our veterans.

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