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Meeting minutes for 2021
Memorial Day Ceremony
On May 30, 2021, our detachment participated in a Memorial Day ceremony at Saint John's Episcopal Church at 9120 Frederick Road, Ellicott City, MD 21042.
Originally called Decoration Day, from the early tradition of decorating graves with flowers, wreaths and flags, Memorial Day is a day for remembrance of those who have died in service to our country. It was first widely observed on May 30, 1868 to commemorate the sacrifices of Civil War soldiers, by proclamation of Gen. John A. Logan of the Grand Army of the Republic, an organization of former Union sailors and soldiers.
- from PBS - The History of Memorial Day
Commandant Bill Swain and Past Commandant Mike Betts prepare to lead the Howard County Veteran Service Organizations (VSOs) and Civil Air Patrol (CAP) members to the ceremony location in front of the monument and flag. Bill presented the flag to the CAP who raised the flag, and then lowered it to half-staff.
The flag is displayed at half-staff as a sign of respect or mourning.
Marine Corps League National Executive Director Mike Blum delivers the keynote speech, commemorating veterans who have made the ultimate sacrifice for their country.
Bill Swain, former Marine Major Reverend Ann Ritonia, and Mike Blum place a wreath at the memorial.
Reverend Ann Ritonia gives retired WWII Colonel Lou Schott a blessing.
The Gary W. Hanna Memorial is
Dedicated to the men of Howard County who gave their lives in Vietnam.
Roses at Mission BBQ
On May 29, 2021, our detachment gave out Marine Corps League roses in front of Mission BBQ, 3410 Plumtree Drive, Ellicott City, MD 21042. Shown below from left to right are Curtis Atkins, Mike Betts, Bill Swain, and Jesus Tapia.
Post-Election Unrest and POTUS Inauguration 2021
On January 6, 2021, a riot and violent attack took place at the United States Capitol which led to the evacuation and lockdown of the Capitol, and five deaths. Following this event, leaders of some of the local veterans organizations issued a statement regarding their stance on post-election unrest and the upcoming January 20, 2021 inauguration.
"These are the times that try men's souls"
This simple quotation from one of our Founding Fathers, Thomas Paine, reflected the sentiment shared by many citizens in 1775, and may reflect your feelings today. Veterans who took an oath to support and defend the Constitution of the United States may have an instinct to "ride to the sound of the guns" and leap to action. However, this is not the time for impulsive actions and our mission should not be on this current political battlefield.
At this time, it is imperative that we uphold the oath we took and fulfill our mission to serve our fellow citizens and defend the U.S. Constitution by lawful discussion and peaceful protest, if that is in your heart. It is not the time for aggressive or impetuous action. It is a time to come together and examine our role as Veterans and citizens and find the path to unity and service under our Constitution. It is time to universally condemn all violence and any suppression of the rights guaranteed to us as U.S. citizens.
The American Legion National Commander James W. "Bill" Oxford, USMC, unequivocally condemned the January 6, 2021 attacks on the U.S. Capitol and called for law and order to be quickly restored in Washington, saying:
"The Capitol is the people's house. An attack on the Capitol is an attack on all of us."
The American Legion, VFW, MCL and others have condemned violence by any group, including prior attacks on our cities and the latest attack on our Capitol. Whether the violence is inflicted by right-leaning groups, left-leaning groups, or unaffiliated civilians, it is never acceptable.
This is not how we do things in America. We believe in civil discourse to resolve our differences. The entire Veteran Family proudly stands with the law enforcement officers and National Guard members who are risking their lives to restore safety. We should not make their jobs any more dangerous or difficult. Now is the time to stay calm, let these scenarios play out until we find the right peaceful approach to regain faith and stability.
American Legion Post 156, Commander
American Legion Post 300, Commander
VFW Post 7472, Commander
Marine Corps League Detachment 1084, Commandant
The Joint Chiefs of Staff issued a similar statement.