Monthly Archives: November 2021

Webinar: Alistair Edgar on Peace-Building in Afghanistan

These webinars, which are offered in partnership with Dominion Command, may be of interest to some members.


“Give War a Chance: Are Peace-Building and Stabilization a Bust after Afghanistan?”
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Alistair Edgar

Give War a Chance: Are Peace-Building and Stabilization a Bust after Afghanistan?

December 1st, 7:30 PM ET

The webinar is FREE on Zoom.

Registration is required, but you do not need a Zoom account to watch.

Register HERE

Even before the Taliban’s rapid return to power in Afghanistan, most western governments—including Canada—appeared to have abandoned their willingness to engage in peacekeeping, peace-building and/or ‘stabilization’ interventions that involved placing western ‘boots on the ground’ in support of populations who were facing large scale threats of violence. This presentation will consider why that dis-engagement has taken place, and what it means for Canada and especially the Canadian Forces.
UPCOMING WEBINARS

12 January | Speaker Series
John Boyko
“Canada and the Vietnam War”
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16 February | Speaker Series
Maya Goldenberg
“Vaccine Hesitancy: Public Trust, Expertise and the War on Science”
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Successfully commemorating the Tomb’s Centennial at ANC

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Dear Michael,

Thank all of you for being part of this unique event.  Arlington National Cemetery selected The Memorial Day Flowers Foundation and the Foundation for the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier to distribute flowers to visitors for placement at the Tomb.

MDFF prepared a large floral arrangement for the Chief of the Crow Nation to inaugurate the commemoration.

On the 9th and 10th of November over 20,000 people queued quietly and patiently for the honor to lay a flower at the Tomb.  Some were soldiers, many retired military.  There were priests and there were nuns.  Entire families, some even with newborns, stood in line, amazed at how many people shared their passion for honoring those who served.

Over 70,000 complimentary flowers were made available to cemetery visitors.  For the first time since the Tomb’s inauguration in 1921, visitors were allowed to walk on the plaza to place their flower tribute.  Volunteers handed flowers to visitors as they approached, many of whom shared intimate stories highlighting why they would place a flower and salute the Tomb.

Bouquets were also made available for visitors for them to take home or place at headstones throughout the cemetery.  Other volunteers worked tirelessly placing flowers at nearby sections, actively looking for the 5,000+ markers of unknown soldiers at Arlington National Cemetery.

All this took three months in preparation with providers, sponsors, volunteers, and supporters, as well as making sure that the ANC administration was familiar with our plans and execution.

The Foundation’s work is mostly logistics, ensuring that the flowers arrive at the right place at the right time. It truly is an honor to work with the incredible group of core volunteers who come back time and again, making the flowers look as beautiful as possible and get them into the hand of cemetery visitors.

An especially heartfelt thanks to our corporate sponsors Peraton, TD Bank, and Truist, for funding this event, as well as bringing their associates to hand out flowers and respectfully engage with the visitors.  These three companies are continuous platinum sponsors for the Memorial Day events at Arlington National Cemetery and other national cemeteries.

A Special Thanks

Flowers and logistics are provided by the following sponsors.

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It was a pleasure working side-by-side with the enthusiastic volunteers and members of the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier Foundation.
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Your Marine Club News for December 2021

An item from one of our fellow veterans organizations in the Bay Area.


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DECEMBER 2021: ONWARD

Our 75th Anniversary year may be coming to a close, but our mission to honor the legacy of military service never flags, and our recovery continues with a great lineup of in-person Club events. Read on for details – we look forward to seeing you here!

 

This month, as we prepare to ship hundreds of care packages, we remember our troops who will spend the holidays far from home and family.

 

With gratitude for the outstanding generosity of our members and patriot supporters through this most unusual and challenging year, we wish you and yours a peaceful, joyous and safe holiday season.

 

Also of note for December:

> MMA offices will be closed for Christmas, 25 December

> HAPPY 385th BIRTHDAY to the National Guard!

> HAPPY 2nd BIRTHDAY to the US Space Force!

> PLEASE BE PREPARED: The San Francisco Department of Public Health requires us to verify full vaccination status of all event attendees, as well as those wishing to use our Club’s bar, restaurant, and fitness center. We appreciate your understanding.

If you’d like to put your

contributions to work faster,

please visit our website to:

Check your MEMBERSHIP STATUS

or Make a DONATION

THANKS FOR YOUR PATIENCE!

Thank you for understanding if some of our communications to you seem to be arriving later than usual. The postal service slowdowns, along with other disruptions, may be causing delays outside of our control. We are doing everything we can to keep things moving.

 

Please know how important you and your ongoing support are to MMAF and our mission.

YOUR QUARTERLY CROSSROADS MAGAZINE IS HERE!

Watch your mailbox for the Winter 2022 edition of Crossroads of the Corps. This one is packed with interesting articles – don’t miss it!

 

Be sure to share your copy of the magazine, especially with Veterans who are not yet members.

 

Read the Digital Edition of Crossroads

HO HO HO! IT’S THE HOLLY JOLLY HOLIDAY PARTY!

The fun begins at 9:30am on Saturday 4 December! Join fellow Marines’ Memorial families and our friends from the 23rd Marines for food, fun crafts for the kids, a raffle with amazing prizes, and a visit from Santa. Bring a toy for Toys for Tots and you’ll get a free raffle ticket. The top prize is a 3-night stay at your Club!

 

$25/Members; $35/Non-members; $15 Ages 17 & under

 

Register for the Holly Jolly Party

Brigadier (British Army Retired)

Roderick Macdonald MBE

“THE TROUBLES”: THE SECRET WAR, 50 YEARS ON

Join us on 7 December at the Marines’ Memorial for an evening with one of the Club’s favorite presenters. This is a “must-not-miss” for anyone interested in intelligence, counter-insurgency and the long history of Ireland and the UK’s “Secret War,” which lasted over 30 years. Brigadier Macdonald served two tours in Northern Island during “The Troubles.”

 

FREE/Members; $20/Non-members

 

Register for “The Troubles”

RING IN 2022 AT YOUR CLUB!

Whether you’re an early bird or a party owl, we have a celebration for you! Drinks, hors d’oeuvres, a 3-course dinner, DJ music & favors are included in both packages.

 

The Sunset Celebration ($165 pp) begins at 4:30pm and ends at 7:30pm. Celebrating the New Year ($225 pp) begins at 9:00pm and ends at 1:00am, with a champagne toast and sweets at midnight.

 

Learn more here    Reserve here

Steven Trout, Ph.D., Professor of English and English Dept Chair, University of Alabama

MEET THE AUTHOR: The Vietnam Veterans Memorial at Angel Fire – War, Remembrance, and an American Tragedy

Join us as Steven Trout tells the story of Marine Lieutenant David Westphall, who was killed near Con Thien on May 22, 1968, and of his family’s struggle to create and maintain a unique memorial chapel dedicated to the memory of all Americans lost in the Vietnam War and to the cause of world peace.

 

Dr. Trout was inspired to undertake this project after discovering the memorial at Angel Fire in 2011.

 

Learn more here    Reserve here

COME DINE WITH US AT CHESTY’S

Named in honor of Marine Corps legend “Chesty” Puller, this is your place for a tasty cocktail, a hearty meal, and gorgeous views of San Francisco! Dinner is served Tuesday-Saturday 5-8pm; Breakfast daily 7:30-9:30am; Bar Hours Tuesday-Saturday 4-9pm and Sunday/Monday 4-7pm; and Happy Hour at the bar for members and hotel guests daily 4-6pm.

 

DINNER reservations are REQUIRED.

Email us for Dinner Reservations

See Chesty’s Menus

GREAT EVENTS HAPPEN HERE

There is just ONE place you’ll find superb service paired with that timeless Marine Club ambience. And our Special Events team has the expertise to help you create an unforgettable San Francisco WEDDING, REUNION, or MEETING.

 

We’re ready when you are!

Let’s start planning your event!

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SAY I DO, CELEBRATE, AND LET US DO THE REST.

Weddings at Marines’ Memorial Club are pure magic. Why? Because we are passionate about helping you create a a one-of-a-kind celebration of love in a one-of-a-kind location!

 

Our event spaces and special packages accommodate wedding parties from 10 to 260 guests.

 

Email us. Let’s start planning!

HONORING THE LEGACY

CAMPAIGN CONTINUES UNTIL

15 JANUARY 2022!

 

PLEASE USE CODE 96408

TO DONATE TO MARINES’ MEMORIAL

PLEASE SUPPORT MARINES’ MEMORIAL THROUGH THE CFC!

If you are a Federal employee and eligible to give through the CFC, please consider a donation directed to Marines’ Memorial. If you are not a Federal employee, please share our code with your family and friends who are.

 

Thank you for your support!

MEMBERSHIP MATTERS. RENEW OR UPGRADE NOW!

Did you know that Benefactor members enjoy these extra privileges? Lifetime Membership, a special Benefactor Holiday (2 nights plus $50 for dinner in our restaurant), Suite Upgrades at no charge (based on availability), your choice of 2 complimentary cocktails or 1 bottle of house wine each time you have dinner at Chesty’s, 15% at Marine Club Store, and Advance Reservations for select MMC events. Upgrade now!

 

UPGRADE to Benefactor Status

RENEW your membership

ANOTHER GREAT WAY TO SUPPORT MMA

Sign up for Amazon Smile, and Amazon will donate on your behalf with every purchase! Here’s how:

On your computer, go to Smile.Amazon.com and follow the instructions.

On your iPhone’s Amazon App, open the main menu, tap Settings, tap AmazonSmile, and follow activation instructions.

A GREAT STOCKING STUFFER FOR YOUR FAVORITE VETERAN!

Marines’ Memorial gift cards can be used for accommodations, meals and Marine Club Store items, and they never expire! So, anytime is a great time to give the gift of MMC. Purchase gift cards by calling us at (415) 673-6672.

YOUR HOME AWAY FROM HOME

A SPECIAL STAY-AND-DINE PACKAGE FOR MEMBERS

Members-only Package Includes:

5 NIGHTS in a Standard Room

$100 Credit for Chesty’s Bar & Grill

$50 Credit for Cesario’s Restaurant

2 Souvenir Chesty’s Coffee Mugs

Breakfast 7:30-9:30am Daily

Hosted Happy Hour 4-6pm Nightly

 

$439/person double occupancy

$799 single occupancy

Upgrades:

Deluxe Room / add $100

Suite / add $300

Tax & Parking not included

 

BOOK IT TODAY! 415-673-6672

PLANNING TO TRAVEL?

Book your next Reciprocal Club visit in TWO EASY STEPS!

 

1. Contact your destination club to confirm they can accommodate you on your desired dates.

 

2. Generate a Letter of Introduction. Log in to your MMA Member account. Then click on “Request Letter of Introduction,” enter a date, and submit. Your destination club will receive your letter automatically by email!

 

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[REMINDER] Wreaths Across America and US Navy Sea Cadets – Arkansas Division

Once again our US Navy Sea Cadets Corps – Arkansas Division is participating in the Wreaths Across America program at the San Francisco National Cemetery at the Presidio of San Francisco. In addition to participating in the event on December 18, 2021, our cadets are also helping to promote the sponsorship of wreaths.

Individuals can sponsor a wreath for $15, and if you use the link below our cadets will receive $5 from each wreath that people sponsor through them:

https://wreathsacrossamerica.org/pages/15539/Overview/?relatedId=0

So if you would like to sponsor one or more wreaths, I would STRONGLY encourage you to do it through our cadets so that they can benefit from your sponsorship. Just make sure that you see the cadets group ID of (CAPNSF) when you are sponsoring (which should appear when you go to the link above). If you need assistance please contact Wreath Across America directly at 877-385-9504.

In addition to sponsoring one or more wreaths, I’d also encourage you to join us at the event at 11:00 am on Saturday, December 18, 2021 at the San Francisco National Cemetery at the Presidio of San Francisco. I will be there and I’d love to see you there too.

Michael Barbour
President, US Branch #25