The one exception to the no meeting / event rule was our flag placement on 8th Street in Holland. The members of the League placed over 60 flags on 8th Street to show patriotic support during this difficult time. We received a lot of thank you’s and encouragement during the placement. We will remove the flags when we feel the support is no longer needed.
The Shoreline Detachment of the Marine Corps League is suspending all meetings and events until it is safe for our members to meet without fear of contacting this virus. We will engage and communicate via social media, but not physically.
On Saturday, September 14, members of the Shoreline Detachment met at the Pilgrim Cemetery in Holland and inventoried all 437 casket flags held for the Avenue of Flags. All flags were unfurled and checked for cleanliness and serviceability. All dirty flags were removed from their poles for dry cleaning. Unserviceable flags were either replaced or marked for future replacement. While doing this we also recorded all information on the honored service person associated with those flags. We will be making that information available to anyone requesting it.
Good Work Marines! Semper Fi!
There has been some discussion around the Cold War Medal / Ribbon. In 1998, Congress directed the Secretary of Defense to establish a certificate to honor United States Armed Forces members as well as eligible civilians who contributed honorably to the Cold War effort between September 2, 1945 and December 26, 1991. Those who received the Cold War Recognition Certificate may wish to accompany it with a medal and ribbon, though as an independently created award it is not eligible for wear on military uniforms. In other words, it is good for the shadowbox, not for the uniform. There are a number of Military Veterans retail sites that sell this medal if you wish to purchase it.
Authorization indicated in SecNav Instruction 1650.1H (see below)