Mission First, People Always

An item from a fellow veterans organization in the Bay Area.


Dear Michael Barbour,
Taking on a new role in the middle of a national crisis is a daunting task — but when did a challenge ever stop a Marine? When I took over as President and CEO of the Marines’ Memorial back in November, I knew I had big shoes to fill. I was excited to roll up my sleeves and get to work, building on the legacy of the Marines’ Memorial. I knew I was joining a high-impact, close-knit team — a family — and I have not been disappointed. The team continues to perform the herculean task of keeping the doors open, and you — the members — have heard the call and responded in kind. Thank you!
You have all made me feel so welcome during these first few months.
Mission First, People Always. It’s a mantra I lived by during my time in the Marines, but it’s no less true here at the Marines’ Memorial. You have shown me the importance of people to the success of a mission — especially when it’s a mission as important as CommemoratingEducating and Serving our military community.
Thanks to you, this mission was a success, even as the Club faced its most challenging year in its 75-year history! I asked for your support via letters and emails so many times, and you always came through. That commitment and loyalty gave me pride in knowing we would get through this crisis. Thank you from the bottom of my heart.
We are recovering slowly but surely — due entirely to the support of members, donors, guests, and friends like you — and the Club is ready to bring back the amenities the members enjoy so much. In keeping with the city of San Francisco rules, it will be a gradual return, and begin as soon as we are allowed.
We have a long road to recovery. We face 2021 together, and know that everyone at the Marines’ Memorial is ready to welcome you back.
I’m humbled to be a part of this team. You make the Marines’ Memorial such a special place — thank you.
Semper fi!
LtGen Michael A. Rocco, USMC (Ret)

President & CEO

Marines’ Memorial Association & Foundation
609 Sutter Street, San Francisco, CA 94102, 415.673.6672 Copyright © 2021, All rights reserved
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