For N.Y. Marines, By N.Y. Marines
By Staff Sgt. Amanda Hay
| | October 30, 2004
MARINE CORPS RECRUITING STATION N.Y. --
Several generations of Marines from New York City and Long Island gathered Oct.30, to support the future of the Marine Corps at Flushing Meadows Corona Park, Queens, N.Y. for Recruiting Station New York’s first Marine Spirit Day.
More than 300 future Marines and their families, from all 14 of RS NY’s Recruiting Sub-Stations, attended the picnic-style event that celebrated the Marine Corps’ 229th Birthday and showcased the history and brotherhood of the Marine Corps.
According to Maj. J.J. Dill, RS NY commanding officer, “Now more than ever, it’s important that we not only honor the legacy of the Marines who have gone before us, but also bring them out to show support to the future Marines and their families.”
As families arrived, they were served food that was provided by eight Marine Corps League Detachments from Long Island and New York City. They mingled with other families and walked through the career-fair style setup of veterans’ organizations, New York Police Department USMC Association and “Marines’ Moms,” an online support network of Marine mothers designed to inform, share with, and connect families of Marines. While many of the attending youth played on the inflatable obstacle course, the poolees their families observed the static displays from local reserve units.
Dill opened the ceremony by paying tribute to the current Marine Corps poolees and emphasizing the history and tradition being passed on to this new group of future Marines. “It is to honor the legacy of those Marines who have gone on before us, defending our Nation and our way of life; those who have returned to their communities and neighborhoods as local leaders, business owners, and active citizens. For the future Marines, you are the new “Greatest Generation.” You are the few within our society who have stood up to serve our Country, to defend our way of life, and to ensure our Constitution remains protected. You are also the future leaders of our country. While your time in the Corps may only last a few years; the training, the desire to succeed, the leadership, and the title “Marine” will be with you forever. You will be forever transformed and you will always stand out among your peers.”
The event continued with a traditional Marine Corps cake-cutting ceremony followed by the New York Fire Department’s Pipe and Drum Corps playing the Marines’ Hymn.
Next, veterans from WWII, Korea, Vietnam and Operation Enduring Freedom spoke about what it meant to them to serve their Country during a time of War and how it directly affected their lives. Each Marine spoke on different subjects to include brotherhood and family they had as a Marine, and the nobility and importance of standing up for our Country’s freedom. All were grateful to have had the opportunity to serve and showed complete support and encouragement to the future Marines.
The keynote speaker for the event was former New York City Mayor David Dinkins. As a Montford Point Marine, Dinkins gave a history lesson on his experiences in the Marine Corps and he credited the Marine Corps with giving him the foundation, which made him successful in life.