As a former member of the greatest Air Force in the world, and a current member of a 220 year old Historic Military Command with regulations and traditions born of the United States Army, I have to admit that I still feel honored when I am in the company of these men and women. Please join the VCA in wishing a Very Happy 235th Birthday to the United States Marine Corps.
The official birthday of the Marine Corps is 10 November 1775, when the second Continental Congress passed a resolution to raise “two battalions of Marines”.
Happy Birthday to old and new friends alike. OohRah and Semper Fi!
It is the soldier, not the Reporter who has given us Freedom of Press.
It is the soldier, not the Poet who has given us Freedom of Speech.
It is the soldier, not the campus Organizer who has given us the Freedom to Demonstrate.
It is the soldier,who salutes the flag; who serves beneath the flag, and whose coffin is draped by the flag,
that allows the protester to burn the flag.
Father Dennis O’Brien, United States Marine Corp. Chaplain
In 1944, 29 year old U.S. Army CAPT. George Vujnovich, attached to the Office of Strategic Services (OSS), led a mission to rescue more than 500 downed U.S. airmen. 66 years later, on Sunday 17 October 2010, CAPT. Vujnovich (Later MAJ.), now 95, is presented the Bronze Star by Rep. Joseph Crowley at Manhattan’s St. Sava Serbian Orthodox Cathedral.
Please join the VCA in congratulating and thanking MAJ. George Vujnovich for a job well done!
A reminder that the Pawtuxet Rangers will be having their 236th birthday party on October 27 in East Greenwich, Rhode Island. If you plan on attending, please make your reservations. Details of the event are below. Who they are from their web site.
The Pawtuxet Rangers were chartered in 1774 to protect the thriving seaport of Pawtuxet, and at various times throughout the Revolutionary War manned the fort on Pawtuxet Neck, a function vital to the defense of both Pawtuxet and Providence. As the war progressed, the Rangers were called upon to participate in major engagements in other areas including the Battle of Rhode Island and the Battle of Saratoga.
Today, the Pawtuxet Rangers are among the oldest existing chartered commands in the country. Under the overall command of the Governor as Captain General, and the direct command of the Adjutant General of the Rhode Island National Guard, the Rangers still retain the independent status of their charter while also available on a voluntary basis to assist in certain State functions if so requested.
The Pawtuxet Rangers are among the most active of Rhode Island’s militia groups. They are constantly sought for participation in a wide variety of parades and public appearances, including ceremonial State functions, battle reenactments, and speaking engagements.