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Today We Remember

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


“Time is passing. Yet, for the United States of America, there will be no forgetting September the 11th. We will remember every rescuer who died in honor. We will remember every family that lives in grief. We will remember the fire and ash, the last phone calls, the funerals of the children.” —George W. Bush

Today marks the 20th Anniversary of the Terror Attacks of September 11, 2001.

This morning, and every day, we remember the many souls who were lost on 9/11. We remember the airline passengers traveling in each of the 4 aircrafts, the men and women innocently going about their morning routine in the World Trade Center, the 412 first responders who lost their lives through heroic acts, and those who have succumbed to the repercussions in the two decades since.

 

The photo above shows not only the unforgettable image of the Twin Towers, but also a rescue truck with 6 firefighters from FDNY’s Ladder 118 headed in to help.  All 6 of those men perished that day.  20 years later, we remain humbled by their bravery.

One of the worst days in our history saw some of the most courageous acts in our history. Images from that day ignite an array of emotions: grief, disbelief, anguish… but ultimately, as we remember those lost on 9/11, we feel a renewed sense of unity.

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Your Marine Club News for September 2021

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SEPTEMBER 2021: HONOR

Normally at the start of every month, we send you updates of what’s going on at the Marines’ Memorial. IN LIGHT OF THE DEVASTATING LOSSES IN KABUL LAST WEEK, we are instead using this space to honor the 13 service members killed while serving our Country. We also want to acknowledge the incredible ongoing sacrifices of all the young men and women who are currently serving in harm’s way.

HONOR, SUPPORT, & NEVER FORGET

THE SACRIFICE OF ALL WHO SERVE IN UNIFORM

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75 Years in the Making: The Devil Dogs Of Marines’ Memorial

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Marines' Memorial: 75 Years in the Making

In the previous editions of Marines’ Memorial: 75 Years in the Making, we’ve focused on the people, the building, and the city.  While we think all of these are quite photogenic, this month we’d like to focus on arguably our most photographed feature of the Club… the Bulldogs! 

The Devil Dogs of Marines’ Memorial

It was after the Battle of Belleau Wood in 1918 that the Marines assumed the moniker “Teufelshunden” or “Devil Dogs,” purportedly from the battered Germans who dubbed their salty, indefatigable conquerors.

 

Soon afterward, U.S. Marine Corps recruiting posters depicted an English bulldog wearing a Marine Corps helmet. The image helped unofficially establish the English bulldog as their mascot.

USMC Recruiting Poster

SgtMaj Jiggs

From the very first canine recruit, SgtMaj Jiggs, to the long line of “Chestys” that began in 1957 honoring LtGen Chesty Puller, the most decorated and venerated Marine in the history of the Corps, the bulldog has been the revered mascot of the United States Marine Corps.  Marines’ Memorial has honored that tradition for the last 20+ years right here at the Front Desk of the Club.

Newest Chesty's First Day

The Marines’ Memorial bulldog family started with Bubba in 1998 who was followed by BaileyBeau, Bubba Jr.Beulah and our two newest recruits who joined us last summer, Ms. Betty White and Brutus.

 

Take a look at our “B”eloved Marines’ Memorial Mascots throughout the years and let us know how you honor the Devil Dog mascot! Whether you have a picture or memory at Marines’ Memorial or you have your own bulldog at home, share it with us and it might show up in a future edition of the Crossroads of the Corps and Marines’ Memorial social media!

Bubba

Bubba

Bailey

Bailey

Beau

Beau

Bubba, Jr.

Bubba, Jr.

Beulah

Beulah

Betty White

Betty White

Brutus

Brutus

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Our Newest Virtual Meet The Author!

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Marines' Memorial: 75 Year Anniversary

We’re excited to bring you our next virtual episode of “Meet the Author!”  Although our programs often focus on non-fiction, this edition features a fiction author who uses his experiences in the Marine Corps and Air Force to help create his thrilling mysteries.

 

Colonel Lawrence Colby, USAF (Ret), whose call-sign is “Cheese,” has written three books in The Ford Stevens Military-Aviation Thriller Series.  His latest is The Buffalo Pilot.  Marines’ Memorial President and CEO, LtGen Mike Rocco, talks with Cheese about their time together as gunfighters, Col Colby’s writing process, and what he’s working on next.

Lawrence Colby

About the Author:

 

Lawrence A. Colby is the #1 Amazon bestselling author of The Ford Stevens Military-Aviation Thriller Series. His books are published in over 12 countries and are enjoyed from the US and UK to India and beyond.

A veteran Marine Corps AH-1W Cobra attack pilot and Air Force Reserve C-130 Hercules pilot, he has worked and flown all over the globe. Over his 28-years in the military, he worked in locations from Iraq and Afghanistan to the Philippines, Pentagon and beyond. Flying under the callsign “Cheese” in the squadrons, he retired from active duty in 2018 and lives in the Washington, DC area.

“Cheese” holds a BA in History from Niagara University, MA in Leadership from Duquesne University, and an MS in National Resource Strategy from The Eisenhower School at National Defense University. His military schools include Undergraduate Pilot Training from both the US Navy (Naval Aviator) and US Air Force (Pilot), in addition to the Naval Postgraduate School’s Aviation Safety Program and the AJPME Program at the Joint Forces Staff College.

He is the author of THE DEVIL DRAGON PILOT, THE BLACK SCORPION PILOT, and his latest military-thriller THE BUFFALO PILOT. He is especially grateful to veteran readers who Cheese feels have pushed each of his books to #1 status.

 

 

About the Moderator: 

 

On 1 October 2020, Lieutenant General Michael Rocco retired after 37+ years as an Active Duty Marine.  Just one month later he took the top job at Marines’ Memorial– our President & CEO.

 

Mike Rocco received his BS in Business Administration from St. John’s University in New York and was commissioned a Second Lieutenant in May 1983.

 

Upon designation as a Naval Aviator in February 1986, he was assigned to HMLA-367, Camp Pendleton, CA.  In August 1990, he deployed to Saudi Arabia in support of Operation Desert Shield/Desert Storm.  Captain Rocco was assigned as a Flight Leader and led over 40 combat missions.   He earned two Master’s Degrees while on Active Duty, commanded at every level in aviation, and has flown nearly 4,000 hours.

 

In 2017, he was promoted to Lieutenant General and assumed the duties of Deputy Commandant for Manpower and Reserve Affairs.

 

LtGen Rocco’s awards include the Defense Superior Service Medal with Gold Star, Legion of Merit, Distinguished Flying Cross with “V,” Meritorious Service Medal, Air Medal with “V,” Air Medal with numeral 2, Navy Commendation Medal, and Navy Achievement Medal with Gold Star.

 

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Your Marine Club News for August 2021

An item from a fellow veterans organization in the Bay Area that may be of interest to members.


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AUGUST 2021: WE’RE GROWING!

It’s hard to believe that, in the blink of an eye, summer 2021 will be behind us. These past two months have brought us untold joy as the Marines’ Memorial welcomes more and more of our members through the doors of the Club. We love catching up with you and it’s starting to feel like home again!

 

As more of you return to the Club to stay, eat, learn, and celebrate, we will be able to bring back more employees. And so Club life will spiral up and up until we hit our stride again. Need a nudge? See the new Hotel Special below and lock in your dates now!

 

Meanwhile, we are working to re-energize all of our programs that Commemorate, Educate, and Serve. Your support is always needed and always appreciated! Click here to give onlineThank you!

 

Also of note for August:

> HAPPY 231st BIRTHDAY to the US Coast Guard!

> HAPPY 105th BIRTHDAY to the US Marine Corps Reserve!

LIVE SPEAKER EVENT!

On 8 September 2021, Marines’ Memorial Board Member LtCol Jeffrey Tice, USAF (Ret.) will present a talk at the Club entitled “A Guest of Saddam: 46 Days as a Prisoner of War”.

 

We look forward to seeing you at this special live event!

 

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THE 246TH MARINE CORPS BIRTHDAY BALL IS A GO!!

And it’s SOLD OUT. On Friday 5 November 2021 we will gather for the grandest event of the year. We know that the spirit of the Corps and the drive to celebrate will be stronger than ever.

 

Our Guest of Honor will be the 19th Sergeant Major of the Marine Corps, SgtMaj Troy E. Black, USMC.

 

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HUNGRY? YOU’VE COME TO THE RIGHT PLACE.

A New York Steak. Seafood Risotto. Chesty’s Chopped Cobb. You can’t go wrong for dinner on the Club’s 12th floor. Sweeping views of San Francisco are the cherry on top! Dinner is served Monday-Saturday 5-8pm; Breakfast daily 7:30-9:30am; and Happy Hour at the bar for members and hotel guests daily 4-6pm.

 

DINNER reservations are REQUIRED.

Email us for Dinner Reservations

 

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GREAT EVENTS HAPPEN HERE

We haven’t lost our touch for creating memorable gatherings with superb service and that timeless Marine Club ambience you won’t find anywhere else. Our special events team is ready to help you create an unforgettable San Francisco WEDDING, REUNION, or MEETING.

Let’s start planning your event!

Leading from the Front

LEADING FROM THE FRONT EXPLORES McMASTER’S BATTLEGROUNDS

Tune in as Former National Security Advisor Lieutenant General H.R. McMaster, USA (Ret) speaks with Leading From the Front creator and MMA Board Member Mike Cerre.

 

All 8 installments of Leading from the Front are available on YouTube for you to watch at your convenience. Each one is a must-not-miss!

 

Watch LEADING FROM THE FRONT

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OUR FIRST 75 YEARS, IN STORIES AND PICTURES

We hope you’ve been enjoying our monthly email series Marines’ Memorial: 75 Years in the Making. Don’t worry if you’ve missed some: they’re all available at the link below AND our upcoming special 75th anniversary edition of Crossroads of the Corps will include highlights of the series.

 

Contribute your own memories to our celebration by clicking here:

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HONORING THE LEGACY

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), 15% Discount on Food and Beverage, 15% at Marine Club Store, and Advance Reservations for select MMC events. Upgrade now!

 

UPGRADE to Benefactor Status

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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.

PUT THIS IN YOUR FAVORITE VETERAN’S BACK POCKET!

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 RELAXING, DELICIOUS STAY AT YOUR CLUB? AT A GREAT PRICE? YES, PLEASE!

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

RECIPROCAL CLUBS: YOUR LETTER OF INTRODUCTION

Plan 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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