Tuesday, November 12, 2013

Veterans Day Parades

Marines from Utah-Dixie Detachment #1270, Marine Corps League, performed ceremonies and walked parades on Veterans Day 2013.  The Spectrum newspaper featured Marines as shown below:

Veterans Day Parade
11 Nov 2013 
The Few, The Proud!
SunRiver St. George's Honor Park Parade was the first parade of the day, followed by the St. George Parade, followed by the Washington City Parade.  Not only did you walk all three parades, you walked them twice - once for the parade and back along the parade route to get to your transportation!  Thank you, Marines!

Sunday, November 10, 2013

238th Marine Corps Birthday Ball

SunRiver St. George Community Center Ballroom was the scene of the 238th Marine Corps Birthday Ball, sponsored by the Utah Dixie Marine Corps League #1270 Detachment.  The room was packed, the entertainment superb, the cake ceremony exceptional and a good time was had by all.

Click here to see our photo album: 
 2013 Ball Photos
Dave Mineer's Photos 


 Audrey Wells, oldest Marine present at age 96, waiting for the first slice of Birthday Cake, 
which is then handed off to the younger Marine present, Mercy Wright.

238th Marine Corps Birthday Ball-St. George, Utah
9 November 2013

Sunday, November 3, 2013

Breakfast with Marines

On November 9, beginning at 8:30 a.m., the Utah Dixie Detachment #1270 is serving breakfast free of charge to all Marines who are members of the Detachment and to all Marines or Navy Corpsmen guests who are potential members.  It's a full breakfast, better than Grandma's, so be there or be square!

Saturday, November 2, 2013

Raising the Flag

ST. GEORGE – The Dixie Elks Lodge #1743 held its first clay shooting competition at the Southern Utah Shooting Sports Park, Purgatory Clay Sports venue in Hurricane Nov. 2.  Prizes were awarded for the top shooters and high overall scores at a celebratory dinner at the lodge at 5 p.m.  The event will benefit Elks charities and youth activities, including scholarships.  Utah Dixie Marine Corps League Detachment #1270 raised the flag to begin the ceremonies.  OooRah!!

Commandant's November 2013 Message

The month of November remains one of the most important months to Marines - even beats out personal birthdays (as far as I am concerned).  It should not, however, beat out spouses or children (grandchildren) birthdays.  I don't believe that there is a Marine in the Detachment who cannot remember their first time celebrating the Marine Corps Birthday (and probably many after that experience). 

The first time I attended a Marine Corps Birthday Ball was in November 1949 at Camp Lejeune.  Since that time I have attended Marine Corps Birthdays every year I was in the Corps and many after I retired.  The most remember-able was in 1953 at Quantico.  This was the year that I met my wife, Okalene. I asked her to marry me after the next ten days traveling back and forth from Quantico to Washington, D. C. (And I didn't even own an automobile at that time).

From all reports I have read and heard this year's Marine Corps Ball will rank right up with the best one at St George.  (And may be the first one where the Detachment will break even financially.)  All tickets have been sold.  Each member of the Birthday Ball Committee has contributed their expertise and experience to ensure that all who attend will have the "Ball of their life."  The big surprise to all will be who has been selected as the oldest and youngest Marine (of record) to share the Birthday Cake honors.

We are mindful, however, that November contains other significant events e.g., Veterans Day, on November 11th where the Detachment will have the opportunity to join other military units at SunRiver and participate in honoring those who have served our nation. There also will be commemorations of two significant events in American history: November 19th will mark 150 years since President Abraham Lincoln delivered his now famous Address at Gettysburg, Penn, and November 22 the nation will commemorate 50 years since President John Kennedy was lost to an assassin's bullet.

I would be remiss if I didn't mention November 28th Thanksgiving Day.  A day where the traditional "Turkey" is shared and a time to reflect on all the blessings that we have experienced with our families and friends.  Let us not forget those that are in need locally and provide what we can to the Dixie Share and Care (628-3661).

D'Arcy Grisier, Commandant