Monday, April 16, 2007

Marine Commandant Conway: All celebrations must honor fallen

A Marine Lance Corporal honors a fallen soldier during a ceremony at the Boston Convention and Exposition Center

All Marine Corps celebrations — including mess nights and birthday balls — must now include tributes to fallen leathernecks, the service’s commander said Wednesday.

Commandant Gen. James Conway pushed the order out in an all-Marine message Wednesday. Drill and ceremony manuals will be changed to reflect the new requirement, he said.

“Only a few Americans choose the dangerous and necessary work of fighting our nation’s enemies. As a consequence of that choice, some have paid the ultimate price, joining the honor roll of heroes who built the noble legacy of our Corps,” Conway said. “For those of us who carry on that legacy, it is our obligation to honor those fallen Marines.”

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