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1/30/2013 9:51:00 PM
Prescott Young Marines travel to D.C. during inauguration week
Courtesy photoLCPL D. Lindquist, SSgt M. Reveile, Cpl I. Watson, and LCPL K. Bray lay a wreath at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier at Arlington National Cemetery, Va.
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LCPL D. Lindquist, SSgt M. Reveile, Cpl I. Watson, and LCPL K. Bray lay a wreath at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier at Arlington National Cemetery, Va.

Fifteen Young Marines from Prescott (the Central Arizona unit) spent nearly a year fundraising in order to travel to Washington D.C. during inauguration week. Ranging in age from 11 - 17, the Young Marines who made the journey had never been to the East Coast, and many had never flown in a plane.

The Young Marines' first day began by laying a wreath at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier at Arlington National Cemetery, Virginia.

As part of a celebration of the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, on Saturday, Jan. 19, the Young Marines represented their organization by staffing a booth at the National Day of Service tent on the National Mall. They provided information about the Young Marines and offered advice on youth physical fitness.

Over the rest of their week, the Young Marines went to Gettysburg, Pa., to tour the Civil War cemetery and battleground; they visited the National Museum of the Marine Corps and Quantico Marine Corps Base in Virginia; they had a personal tour from a U.S. Marine Major and instructor at the United States Naval Academy in Annapolis, Maryland; and they visited many of the Smithsonian museums.

In addition, they enjoyed a private tour of the "Ready Room" of Marine One, the president's helicopter.

A high point was visiting the national headquarters of the Young Marines and meeting Mike Kessler, national director and CEO of the Young Marines.

The Young Marines is a national nonprofit 501(c)(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 over 300 units with 10,000 youth and 3,000 adult volunteers in 46 states, the District of Columbia, Germany, Japan and affiliates in a host of other countries.

For more information, visit www.YoungMarines.com.






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Reader Comments

Posted: Monday, February 04, 2013
Article comment by: Gabe's Mom

While Gabe isn't actively involved in Young Marines anymore, he and I are still super proud of you all! As we watched the coverage of the inauguration, we wondered out loud if the group was there. Awesome that you all raised the money and made the trip. Looking forward to hearing more amazing things about this wonderful group of young people!

Posted: Thursday, January 31, 2013
Article comment by: To Sal Addin

Maybe you should take your Liberal comments to some place like " moveon.org " These Fine Young Outstanding MARINES earned the right to wear that UNIFORM!!! It is the Same Uniform I earned the RIGHT to wear when I became a UNITED STATES MARINE !! These kids should be Proud of their Uniform. One more thing Addin, these are the kids who just might be sent into Arms Way to protect your right to run your mouth like you have shown to do here. SEMPER FI YOUNG MARINES!!!

Posted: Thursday, January 31, 2013
Article comment by: Proud Uncle

Proud of all of you young Marines! You all will be the ones helping to keep this great country, great. Keep up the good work.

Posted: Thursday, January 31, 2013
Article comment by: Victoria Bostwick

Mr. Addin. Perhaps you should have gone to the Young Marine Website. We are about keeping kids 8 thru higschool away from drugs, alchol, tobbaco and gangs. These 15 kids had a wonderful opportunity to visit the nations capital during a special time that only happens every 4 years. They represented Prescott, Yavapai County and the State of Arizona in a way that very few adults do. It is not about wars or military engagement, but to place a wreath on the Tomb of the Unknown Soldiers is an honor, no mater what you believe about war.

Posted: Thursday, January 31, 2013
Article comment by: A E Newman

It's good to have positive news now and then. Great job Young Marines, I wish all youth could become part of something as worthwhile as this. There are a lot of different programs out there if parents would only be interested enough to find them for their children.

Posted: Thursday, January 31, 2013
Article comment by: Sal Addin

More fodder for the wars of Choice. The old and rich make the wars the young and poor are convinced to fight them..
How have the last 50 yrs military engagements and UNdeclared UNConatitutional Wars of Choice gone for the USA? Yep, USA "won" none.




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