Great-grandson of last living WWII Medal of Honor recipient
completes Marine boot camp
Courtesy of CBS News via Frank Mathers, Mideast Adjutant
The Marine Corps Boot Camp at Parris Island, SC graduation is quite an achievement for young Marines who have conquered boot camp — but this year's graduation is truly one for the ages.
Three hundred fifty young men and women are on the final leg of a life-changing journey through Marine boot camp at Parris Island, South Carolina. It's been 13 grueling, sometimes brutal, weeks. And for the first time since COVID-19 hit, all family members are allowed to attend the proud moment.
In attendance for graduation is legendary Marine Hershel "Woody" Williams. At 97, he is the last living Medal of Honor recipient from World War II. Among the new Marines passing in review is his great-grandson, Cedar Ross.
"The only advice I think I gave him was to do the very best that he could and then to do a little more," Williams said. Ross was about halfway through boot camp when his drill instructor realized he was the direct descendant of a Marine legend.
"The chief drill instructor told me, 'Ross, you're going to have big shoes to fill,'" Ross told CBS News. "I said, 'Yes, sir. Thankfully, I wear size 15.'"
A Family/Survivor Reference Guide for When A Veteran Dies
Paul Sutton, Chairperson of the National Legislative Affairs Committee has provided a Reference Guide for when A Veteran Dies.
Click Here to download the "A Family Survivor Reference Guide for When A Veteran Dies (03-28-2021)" document
Meeting Locations Needed
Fall Department Meeting
The Department of New York will be holding it's Fall Meeting on 01-02 October 2021 at the Crowne Plaza Suffern-Mahwah, located at Three Executive Boulevard, Suffern, NY 10901.
The room rate is $115.00 a night. You can book your reservation by calling the hotel at 845-357-4800, and use the group code of "MCL" You can also book your reservation online using this link: https://bit.ly/3wxbKyc. Once on this page loads, select 1 October 2021 and then click search. The room options, and group rate will be applied. To get the group rate, all reservations MUST be made on or before 10 September 2021.
The agenda will be release at a later date.
National MCL Foundation Vacancies
FROM THE DESK OF THE
To: National Board of Trustees,
Subject: MCL Foundation, Vacancies
BOT’s, please make sure your Department Commandants get this information to all their Detachments. We are currently looking to fill 3 vacancies on the foundation.
The foundation president and his board will review each of them and the National BOT’s will vote on each.
National Convention Delegate Registration Online
We presently have 89 detachment’s registered for delegates at National Convention. Detachments can register and pay for delegates here:
Department Commandants Message
Members and Marines of the Department of New York,
As we approach this weekend, this weekend of Memorial Day, let us look back to those who came before and remember that Armed Forces day is for those currently in uniform, Veterans day is for those who wore the uniform, and this weekend, Memorial day is for all those who never had to chance to take it off.
Maybe we knew some, maybe we didn't, maybe we saw or heard of some who never returned. Memories you'll never forget.
Forget the sales, the parties and even the day off from work. Think about them, our Brothers and Sisters who gave all.
Lastly, ask your friends, your family, your co-workers and so on to please not wish you a happy Memorial day because there is nothing happy about it.
Be well, be safe and remember.
Commandant Wortmann has reported that someone is "Spoofing" his name and sending emails to his contacts, requesting that he needs money, gift cards, or similar things. He is not requesting this, and if you note, the email is not coming from his email address (look at the email address). Please disregard these requests. If its not his email address, then it is a phony.
Updated Convention Information
To All Department of New York Convention Attendee's:
By order of Commandant Wortmann, there has been a change to the Uniform of the day for the Convention. The information below replaces what is on the bottom of the current Convention Agenda. Here is the new Uniform of the Day:
Uniform of the Day: Marine Corps League cover is the only required uniform item for the membership.
Joint Opening Session: White MCL Uniform Shirts with Black or Blue Uniform Trousers, Black Shoes, Marine Corps League Cover
Memorial Service: White MCL Uniform Shirts with Black or Blue Uniform Trousers, Black Shoes, Marine Corps League Cover
Department Staff: White MCL Uniform Shirts with Black or Blue Uniform Trousers, Black Shoes, Marine Corps League Cover
Banquet: Marine Corps League Red Blazer, Black Trousers, Black Shoes; Civilian – Business Attire; Military – Class “A” or Dress Blues
Embassy Suites Informational Updates
Breakfast: The hotel will be going from "grab & go" to a hot breakfast as of 1 June 1st.
Manager's Reception: The reception will be going on in the evening Thursday, Friday and Saturday from 5pm to 7pm.
Embassy Suites COVID-19 Updates
1) Face Masks: As 19 May, guests will no longer have to wear them. The Embassy Suites ask if that guests that are not vaccinated, that you wear face coverings, however, they cannot ask for proof of being vaccinated.
2) At the bar/manager's reception- we had to ask our guests to order food if they were getting drinks--this is no longer required.
3) ALL EMBASSY SUITES EMPLOYEES ARE STILL REQUIRED TO WEAR MASKS
As updated information becomes available, I will send out another update.
Marine of the Year Nominations- The deadline is today. Your package must be post marked by 27 May 2021! Nominate that outstanding Marine in your Detachment!
Don't forget to submit your advance registration for the Convention! Save $2 per Marine if you pre-register!! Today is also the deadline. Your advanced registration must be post marked by the 27 May 201 to receive the advance registration price.
Call To Convention
Memorial Service for PDC William McGowan
Mrs. Sharon McGowan has announced the date for the memorial service for Department Past Commandant William McGowan. It will be held on 23 July 2021 at 10:30am at Saratoga National Cemetery. PDC Rev. Ricardo Sheppard will be in attendance to perform the MCL ritual. Sr. Vice Commandant Thomas Arcuri would like to see a good turnout by the Department.
The Cemetery is in close proximity to the Albany / Troy area. PDC Forbes will be coordinating the color guard.
Department of New York Marine of the Year
Once again, the Department of New York encourages Detachments to nominate that outstanding Marine for Department Marine of the Year. A copy of the rules for Marine of the Year can be downloaded from the Department web site.
All submissions must be addressed and mailed to the Department of New York Adjutant. It must be post marked no later than 15 days prior to the opening date of the Department of New York Convention (26 May 2021).
Submissions to be mailed to:
Marine Corps League
Attention: Marine of The Year Committee
PO Box 360
Hastings-on-Hudson, NY 10706-0360
Marine Corps League License Plates
The New York Marine Corps License Plates forms have been updated and now available on the Department of New York Web Site.