Monday, June 30, 2014

July 2014 - Commandant's Corner

July is considered by many Marines as the second most important month in the year.  (November 10th, of course, remains number one.)  It is during the month of July when many parades and other types of celebration will take place in remembrance of the signing of the Declaration of Independence.

Our Detachment has been asked to be the lead nit (once again) in the upcoming Washington City Parade.  This is indeed an honor.  I trust that our members will turn out in increased numbers to participate.  Remember, even if you do not (at this time) have the ceremonial uniform consisting of white shirt and blue trousers, you are strongly encouraged to participate wearing the red shirt and black trousers.  For those who find walking a mile or more a challenge, we have arranged transportation (and currently have three takers - there is room for more).  Let the Sgt-at-Arms (Larry Mineer) know as soon as possible of your availability to participate in the parade.

Last month, Marines were asked to provide an Honor Guard for World War II Veterans who were meeting early Monday morning at the La Quinta Inn.  These WWII Veterans were participating in the "Honor Flight" Program.  Eight (8) Marines gathered at 0500 to provide an honor guard as the Veterans boarded their bus taking them to Las Vegas to catch the famous "Honor Flight."  Their destination was Washington, D. C. to view the World War II monuments.  The Veterans returned Wednesday evening where they were met by all local Veteran Organizations, as well as, Mayor John Pike and City Council Member Michele Randall.  Keep eating your Wheaties Marines -- when they run out of WWII Veterans "they" are already talking of continuing the Program by selecting Korea War Veterans.

During the first week of last month I attended the Annual Convention for the Rocky Mountain Division and Department of Utah.  The Convention covered two days and provided all Detachment Commandants an opportunity to learn what the other individual detachments are doing, as well as what problems they are experiencing.  Biggest problem is membership retention and attendance at meetings.  (Who would have thought that?)  When it became my turn to discuss the Dixie Detachment, I was very pleased to have the opportunity to report on the numerous activities we have participated in during the past year.  Parades, honor guards, community activities, Toys For Tots, Devil Pups, Eagle Scout Awards, as well as, always being available to honor fallen Marines by providing funeral details, whether just at the funeral home or at a graveside and with or without rifles.  Elections were held and Joy Chamberlin was selected to serve as the Utah Department Commandant.

The National Commandant, Jim Tuohy, made a letter available for all in attendance requesting that all of their detachment members read it. This letter now appears in our Marine Corps Blog.

That's it, Marines, your leaders have been busy and really appreciate your support.

04 Jul 2014 - Independence Day Parade

City of St. George Annual 4th of July Parade, It's a Grand Old Flag. The parade will begin at 8 a.m. by the Court House on Tabernacle.  Marine Corps League Detachment leads the parade this year.  Staging for entrants will begin at 6:30 a.m. A map of the route and staging areas is in the link below.
Information about the Wet Zone:

Sunday, June 29, 2014

8 Jul 2014 - Habitat for Humanity Fund Raiser

Buffalo Wild Wings has been supportive of SoUtah Devil Pups and Utah Dixie Marine Corps League.  Commandant D'Arcy Grisier has suggested this event be posted on the Marine Corps League blog for those who are interested in this fund raiser.

From Brian Taylor, Trustee, Habitat for Humanity of Southwest Utah:

Buffalo Wild Wings has recently approached Habitat for Humanity  to host a Give Back event for our local Habitat for Humanity affiliate.  They call it Eat Wings, Raise Funds.  Buffalo Wild Wings will be donating 10% of the total ticket to our local Habitat Affiliate.  The event runs all-day, Tuesday, July 8th (11:00am – 11:00pm).  The catch is that you need to present the attached ticket or mention Habitat for Humanity of Southwest Utah to the server.  (Takeout orders are accepted as well as long as the Habitat for Humanity fundraiser is mentioned).  Please forward this to any and all friends / family / supporters / vendors and let them know of this rewarding way to help us raise much need funds to build affordable housing in our area.

We recently concluded our 20th home for a family and we currently have two other construction projects underway in Washington County to provide safe and affordable housing for qualified families. Please visit our web site at and check out the ReStore home improvement thrift store located at 276 E. 1400 S. in St. George or check it out at

Thank you for your support of Habitat for Humanity of Southwest Utah. 

You Will Need This Ticket (Click on the underlined link to open ticket.  PRINT USING SMALL PRINTER ICON AT UPPER LEFT OF THE TICKET WINDOW, NOT BY File|Print.)

Friday, June 27, 2014

Marine Corps League Political Position

June 19, 2014
Memorandum for National Board of Trustees
Department Commandants
Detachment Commandants
All MCL Members


Marines:  As the 2014 political campaigns heat up this Summer and Fall in anticipation of the General elections in the Fall, I wanted to take a moment to remind you that, as a matter of League policy,  Marine Corps League members wearing any part of the League uniform or identifying themselves as members of the Marine Corps League, cannot sponsor a political club; participate in any TV or radio program, or group discussion that advocates for or against a political party, candidate or cause; give interviews to the press or speak at any event promoting a political candidate or movement.

The following is the Marine Corps League’s official POLICY on the aforementioned subject taken from the National Bylaws and Administrative Procedures, Chapter One, Section 110:

(b)  The Marine Corps League shall never take part in any labor or management dispute or issue, and it shall be ever non-sectarian, non-political, and non-partisan; nor shall it be based on the grounds of race, color, creed, nationality, or sex; nor shall it be used as a medium of political ambition or preferment; nor shall former or present military rank or former or present civilian position be used as the basis for special consideration or preferment.

The Marine Corps League wants and strongly encourages ALL its members and families to exercise their Constitutional right and duty to vote.  With that said, our membership cannot give the impression that the League supports or opposes ANY one candidate or political party.

I enjoin you, as the leadership of the Marine Corps League, to ensure all those members under your charge review the Marine Corps League’s Policy as outlined above and ensure it is adhered to.  Thank you for your support on this issue.  God Bless America.

National Commandant

Thursday, June 19, 2014

25 Jun 2014 - Devil Pup Fund Raiser

How does having a meal at the new Buffalo Wild Wings on River Road (221 S. River Road) while donating to the youth program called Devil Pups sound?  Join us at any time during the day or for dinner from 5:00 to 7:30 p.m. and, if you present one of the tickets in the attached link below, 10% of the price of your meal will be donated to Southern Utah Devil Pups by Buffalo Wild Wings Restaurant.  It's a win-win!!

Print out the tickets in the link above (Hint: use the tiny printer icon just above the thumbnail shot of the tickets) and present one to the wait person.  Buffalo Wild Wings will tally up the ticket amounts and present Southern Utah Devil Pups with a donation of 10% of the tally on that date.  Our 2014 pup candidates will thank you for your support.  If you have questions, please contact Steve Handy at (435) 619-5064.

Tuesday, June 17, 2014

4 July 2014 - Independence Day Parade

City of St. George Annual 4th of July Parade, It's a Grand Old Flag! The parade will begin at 8 a.m. by the Court House on Tabernacle.  Staging for entrants will begin at 6:30 a.m. More info for Marines in Utah Dixie Detachment to follow - our Sergeant at Arms will be coordinating.  A map of the route and staging areas is in the link below.

Information about the Wet Zone:
Wet Zone!!

Monday, June 16, 2014

The Commandant at Work

And here is Commandant Grisier at the Vietnam Veterans Fair at the Abbey Inn on 14 June:

Thursday, June 12, 2014

Saturday - Two Events

A call is going out to all Marines who are not involved with the annual golf tournament at Sky Mountain Golf Course on 14 June.  You are needed.

In addition to the Golf Tournament the Marine Corps League Detachment #1270 has been asked to support the Veterans Information Convention which is being held:

*  Date/Time:   Saturday 14 June 0900 - 1700.

*  Location:  Abbey Inn, 1129 South Bluff St

*  Set up begins at 0730:  Display table with Marine Corps Memorabilia.  Uniform can be either the red shirt/black trousers or white shirt/blue trousers


* Hopefully, we can reach out to the wandering Marines who are not aware of the Marine Corps League, Detachment #1270.

*  Inform them of local programs for Marines.

*  Encourage them to review the Workshops and Video Presentations some Hands On and some Hands Off

*  Make a friend.

If sufficient Detachment Marines respond we will be able to assign morning and afternoon attendance schedule. If you can only spare an hour or two it will be appreciated.

Please respond to our Commandant,  D'Arcy E. Grisier, 435-656-2461 or 435-862-8883, if busy leave your message.

Friday - Chair Set Up

Just a reminder that we need help tomorrow (Friday, June 13), 4 p.m. at the Veteran’s Home in Ivins.  We’re setting up a few hundred chairs for an event to be held at the Home on Saturday.  Please just show up if you can help, no need to respond to this e-mail.  Thanks!