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Help us give the true meaning back to Memorial Day

An item from the Marines’ Memorial Association & Foundation.


Even though more than a decade has passed since Mike Anderson lost his son, not a day goes by when he doesn’t think about him. After two and a half years as a FAST Company Marine, Corporal Mike Anderson Jr. was killed in a gunfight during the Battle of Fallujah on December 14, 2004. He was just 21 years old.

As you know, our mission is to pay tribute to service members like Mike Jr., who gave their lives for our Country, and you are an integral part of accomplishing that mission.

Honor Their Sacrifice
For Gold Star families and parents like Mike Anderson, the Marines’ Memorial Club is a sacred space. Thanks to partners like you, we have created a Living Memorial where families can gather and reminisce, tell the stories of those who are no longer with them, and honor the sacrifices that gave us our freedoms.

Ensure that their memories live on. Your contribution in the following amounts will help us provide …
A piece of hospitality for Active Duty members
One care package for our troops overseas
Commemorations, including our annual USMC Birthday Ball
Contribute Now

We’re proud to say that 100% of your contribution will go directly to helping honor service members past and present and easing the burden for those currently serving and their families.

Over the last 70 years, the Marines’ Memorial has impacted tens of thousands of veterans, active military service members, military families and their communities. Will you help us continue this proud tradition by contributing online today?



Jan C. Huly
Lieutenant General, USMC (Ret)
President and CEO

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If your giving is restricted to 501(c)3 organizations, please consider a gift to Marines’ Memorial Foundation which supports all programs of the Marines’ Memorial Association. Please contact the Marines’ Memorial Development Department at development@marinesmemorial.orgfor more information.
The Marines’ Memorial Association’s 1946 charter established the Marines’ Memorial Club as the first “Living Memorial” in the United States, dedicated as a “tribute to those who have gone before; and to provide a service to those who carry on.”

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Invitation to Memorial Day Commemoration at the Korean War Memorial

An invitation from a fellow verterans’ organization in the Bay Area.

Dear Friends,

You are cordially invited to a Memorial Day Commemoration at the Korean War Memorial at 1:00 pm on Monday, May 27, 2019. Please see the attached Invitation for additional details.
We hope that you’ll be able to join us for this special gathering.
Gerard Parker
Executive Director
Korean War Memorial Foundation
401 Van Ness Avenue, Suite 213E
San Francisco, CA 94102
Office: (415) 817-1858 
Cell:    (415) 250-8518   

Attachment: invitation-kwmf-memorial-day-commemoration-27may2019.pdf

Memorial Day 2017 – Greenlawn Memorial Park

San Francisco Bay Area Branch 25

The Royal Canadian Legion

Memorial Day Service

Greenlawn Memorial Park – Colma, California

Saturday, 27 May 2017 – 11::00 am

Under the direction of

President Fred Rutledge and Vice President Karen Freitas


At the conclusion of today’s service

there will be a hosted alfresco luncheon.

Branch Members, Guests and Arkansas Division Sea Cadets

are invited to enjoy.

Order of Service

Welcome – Wayne Padgett, Past President

Opening Remarks

Invocation – Margaret Krieger, Chaplain

Post Colors on the Flag Poles

National Anthems Presented

“O Canada!” – ENS Kelsey Freitas, USNSCC

“The Star- Spangled Banner” – Cadet Daniel Ordonez

“God Save the Queen” – Cadet Kirsten Freitas

The Parade Salutes and Color Guard Present Arms

“In Memoriam” – Margaret Krieger

A Two-Minute Silence is Observed

Reading – Margaret Krieger

The Act of Remembrance

“They shall grow not old, as we who are left grow old.
Age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn.
At the going down of the sun and in the morning, we will remember them.”

Response from all: “We will remember them.”

Placing of the Wreath

In Flander’s Field – Michael Barbour, Secretary/Treasurer

Reading – Margaret Krieger  

Close and Response

Today we remember and pay our respects to those comrades
whose death we mourn, but whose spirit still lives.
May we strive to promote unity and the spirit of comradeship,
never forgetting the solemn obligation we have assumed as members
of the Royal Canadian Legion and remembering them.” May we ever pray,
Lord God of hosts be with us yet. Lest we forget

Response from all: “Lest we forget.”

“O God Our Help in Ages Past” – Cadet Alejandro Hernandez

End of Service

The flags are proud to decorate the graves
Of heroes; catching every breeze that blows,
They shout, significantly, truth that saves
A world almost accustomed to it woes.
They speak of boys with blood red as the rose,
Who sacrificed young lives and happy dreams
To learn a mystery nobody knows…
To fly beyond familiar hills and streams. 

The rose is proud to bloom upon the beds
Of soldiers; every flower tries to press
Toward sweet perfection. Lilies lift white heads
In hallowed ground, and spill their loveliness
Upon the sleeping heroes. We confess
To obligations scarcely felt before.
Shall we, the living, feel our sorrow less
If we make peace our goal, and rule out war?

In Flanders Fields
by Lieutenant Colonel John McCrae 

In Flanders Fields, the poppies blow
Between the crosses, row on row,
That mark our place; and in the sky
The larks, still bravely singing, fly
Scarce heard among the guns below.
We are the dead. Short days ago
We lived, felt dawn, saw sunset glow,
Loved and were loved, and now we lie
In Flanders Fields.
Take up our quarrel with the foe:
To you from failing hands we throw
The torch; be yours to hold it high.
If ye break faith with us who die
We shall not sleep, though poppies grow
In Flanders Fields.

O Canada!

O Canada! Our home and native land!
True patriot love in all thy sons command.
With glowing hearts we see thee rise,
The True North strong and free!
From far and wide, O Canada!
We stand on guard for thee.
God keep our land
glorious and free!
O Canada! We stand on guard for thee.
O Canada! We stand on guard for thee. 

The Star-Spangled Banner

Oh, say, can you see, by the dawn’s early light,
what so proudly we hailed at the twilight’s last gleaming?
Whose broad stripes and bright stars
through the perilous fight, o’er the ramparts we watched,
were so gallantly streaming?
And the rocket’s red glare, the bombs bursting in air,
gave proof through the night that our flag was still there.
Oh, say, does that Star – Spangled Banner yet wave –
O’er the land of the free
and the home of the brave. 

God Save the Queen

God save our gracious Queen
Long live our noble Queen
God save our Queen!
Send her victorious, Happy and Glorious,
Long to reign over us;
God save the Queen!

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Color Guard, Musicians and Grounds Preparation courtesy of
The United States Naval Sea Cadet Corps Arkansas Division
under the direction of
ENS Gabriel Mikulich, Commanding Officer
and ENS Vivian McBride, Executive Officer

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