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Letter from the Chairman
27 May 2011


“When a strong man armed keepeth his palace, his goods are in peace.”
LUKE 11:21

To those brave Marines who “foremost fighting fell”

Memorial Day originally called Decoration Day, is a day of remembrance for those who have died in our nation's service. We the members of MCITTA would be remiss in our duty to our fallen brethren not to commemorate their sacrifice.  Memorial Day is not about division. It is about reconciliation; it is about coming together to honor those who gave their all. Traditional observance of Memorial Day has diminished over the years. Many Americans nowadays have forgotten the meaning and traditions of Memorial Day. At many cemeteries, the graves of the fallen are increasingly ignored, neglected. Most people no longer remember the proper flag etiquette for the day. While there are towns and cities that still hold Memorial Day parades, many have not held a parade in decades. Some people think the day is for honoring any and all dead, and not just those fallen in service to our country. Therefore, we Marines wherever we celebrate should make the effort to fly our flags and especially visit a gravesite near our home and pause for a moment to honor our MCITTA fallen, brethren. We will not allow any fallen Marine to ever believe that they are “The Forgotten Ones.”

Vince Burdelski

Chairman of the Board  

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