The East Valley unit of the Young Marines was founded a decade ago and today it is the most awarded unit in the state of Arizona. In honor of the 10-year milestone, an anniversary ceremony and celebration will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday, June 6, at Trinity Church, 2130 E. University Drive in Mesa.
“In 10 years the unit has earned seven national awards, one division award, six regimental awards, six battalion awards and 21 local awards,” said East Valley Unit Cmdr. Frank (Gunny) Alger, USMC (ret). “We are extremely proud to have won the Division 6 Department of Drug Enforcement’s Enrique ‘Kiki’ Camarena award. We also received a letter of special recognition from Jan Brewer, the governor of Arizona.”
The keynote speaker at the anniversary celebration will be Mike Kessler (LtCol USMC, Ret.), national executive director and CEO of the Young Marines. Many local, city, county, state and national leaders will be in attendance.
Since 2005, the adult leaders of the East Valley Young Marines have been dedicated to helping youth promote a healthy, drug-free lifestyle and instilling the values of discipline, teamwork, and leadership to youths participating in the program.
“Our goal is to set a positive example, to instruct and inspire, and to develop leadership skills in our youth,” said Cmdr.Alger.
In addition, the celebration includes the presentation of two awards, entertainment and refreshments.
Members of the public are welcome at the event. For more information or to learn more about the Young Marines program, call Dana Lippincott at 480-737-0517 or email him at email@example.com.
The Young Marines is a national non-profit 501(c)3 youth education and service program for boys and girls, age 8through the completion of high school. The Young Marines promotes the mental, moral and physical development of its members. The program focuses on teaching the values of leadership, teamwork and self-discipline, so its members can live and promote a healthy, drug-free lifestyle.
Since the Young Marines’ beginnings in 1959 with one unit and a handful of boys, the organization has grown to over 300 units with 11,000 youth and 3,000 adult volunteers in 46 states, the District of Columbia, Germany, Japan and affiliates in a host of other countries.
For more information, visit the official website at: http://www.youngmarines.com/
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