Marine Corps 240th
For the 240th
year the United States Marine Corps
will celebrate its Birthday on November 7th, all over the nation and especially
one celebration will take place in Big Bear Valley. The local Marine Corps League Big Bear Valley
Detachment #1038 invites all Veterans, Marines and the families of service
personnel, both past and present, to join the special occasion Saturday
November 7th. Held at The
Convention Center at Big Bear Lake, the birthday festivities begin with the
Social Hour at 5:00 P.M. with cocktails (no host bar). Promptly at 6:15 P.M.
the Opening Ceremony begins with the Marines traditional Cake Cutting, followed
by a delightful dinner.
The Marine Corps League‘s guest speaker will be Lieutenant Colonel Gregory Thomas, USMC retired. A native of Indiana, Lieutenant Thomas
enlisted in the Marine Corps in 1985 and was commissioned through the Reserve
Officer Training Program, where he attended Purdue University. The Lieutenant’s assignments have included:
the 8th Engineer Support Battalion, MEU Service Support Group, Marine
Wing Support Group 271, 1st Combat Engineer Battalion, Marine
Aviation Weapons and Tactics Squadron. He also served as the Facilities
Maintenance Officer at Camp Pendleton, California. Residing in Temecula, the
Lieutenant and Mrs. Thomas have two children.
Colonel Gregory Thomas, USMC
Another pleasure of the evening,
will be honoring WWII Veteran, U.S. Army and Purple Heart recipient, Jack
Green. Green is John Green’s, local Big
Bear City CSD Board Member.
Those wanting to attend the Marine Corps 240th Birthday Celebration, Saturday at 5:00 P.M., may contact Tom Strykalski for additional information at 760-247-3795 or by email at : firstname.lastname@example.org. The Birthday Event and Dinner is $40 per individual or $75 per couple.
The Convention Center at Big Bear Lake is located at the intersection of Big Bear Boulevard and Division Road.
By E T Russell