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Woodlands to host annual Marine Corps birthday event

Chron logo Chron 10/6/2020 By Jeff Forward, Staff writer

The annual celebration of the U.S. Marine Corps birthday will occur Nov. 6 at Town Green Park in The Woodlands with an in-person event but several changes due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Rita McClure, the spokesperson for the event, said the event will honor the 245th birthday of the Marine Corps. All active duty Marines, retired Marines veterans, families and friends of those who have served are welcome at the event. Members of the public are encouraged to attend and express their thanks to Marines for their services and sacrifices.

Attendees at the 4 p.m. event will be required to wear face masks or coverings and social distance and no seating will be offered.

“(The event) is outdoors and we are not providing seating this year. We are encouraging people to bring their own chairs and we’ll spread out and encourage to wear masks and to social distance,” McClure said. “There will be a traditional birthday cake, too. It is a tradition within the Corps to celebrate the Corps’ birthday and celebrate all Marines and look back at their history. The tradition is the oldest Marine present cuts the first piece of the cake and then serves the youngest Marine present it is emblematic of including all Marines regardless of age or rank. It is fun.”

According to a press release, the event will include a wreath-laying ceremony to remember and honor the actions of 17 Texas Marines whose names are listed on the monument. The statue, an elaborate bronze creation honoring the Medal of Honor recipientsm, was dedicated in 2009 and is one of several statues honoring the military in Town Green Park.

“All but two of the Medals were awarded posthumously; the other two recipients, William George Harrell of Rio Grande City, and George Herman O’Brien Jr, passed away 1964 and 2005, respectively,” McClure stated in the release. Each (Marine) is more than a name in stone, each one has a story. For example, Jack Lummus, from Ennis, Texas, attended Baylor University and was a New York Giant football player. He was a 29-year-old first lieutenant at Iwo Jima.”

The event is hosted each year in Town Green Park and is sponsored and organized by the Texas Marines Medal of Honor Fund, a non-profit volunteer organization dedicated, “to commemorating the service of all Marines, especially the ultimate sacrifice of the 17 Texas Marines whose names are now together carved in granite.”

McClure said the event is important to show the importance of sacrifice and service to younger generations and also to honor those who have made the ultimate sacrifice for the nation and also those who served it in times of need and war. The event should last about an hour in total, she added.

“There is a lot of history and I think highlighting that to the young people and active duty Marines today is important and why we do it,” McClure added.

jeff.forward@chron.com

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