Marine Corps League to honor New Hampshire vets who served in Korea
LACONIA — The 15th annual “Gathering of Marines” presented by the Lakes Region Detachment of the Marine Corps League is on Saturday, Nov. 9, to celebrate the birthday of the founding of the Marines.
Marines will express their famous greeting, “Semper Fi” (“Always faithful”), once again at the Margate Resort, 76 Lake St., during opening ceremonies at 7 p.m., followed by a Western style-buffet.
The reading of the Marine Corps Commandant’s annual birthday message by a Marine veteran will occur followed by the traditional cutting of the birthday cake with the first slice being offered to the oldest Marine present, the second slice to the youngest Marine in attendance, then all Marine veterans, other military veterans, and guests.
The detachment will recognize New Hampshire veterans who served during the Korean War and especially those Marines from the Lakes Region area.
2013 marks the 60th anniversary of the truce of July 27, 1953, between the United States, its United Nations allies and the Republic of South Korea with the Communist nations of North Korea, China, and the Soviet Union. While the truce ended armed fighting, the actual end of the war did not occur until Jan. 31, 1955, with the signing of the armistice between the warring nations.
Despite the fact that the Korean War has been dubbed “The Forgotten War,” the casualties that occurred during the period were immense.
The Ministry of National Defense of the Republic of Korea claims that 5.3 million people were killed or wounded, including 2.5 million civilians.
New Hampshire citizens played a shared role in this conflict as 11,500 men and women served in the U.S. military during this era.
While there were those that paid the ultimate sacrifice, an exact number has never been verified and the state archives are limited in scope.
Dress code for the evening’s activities is military uniform, tuxedo, gown, formal dress or business attire.
Reservations at $45 can be made through Bob Patenaude, detachment commandant at 253-7970 or mail to Lakes Region Detachment, MCL; P.O. Box 764, Center Harbor, 03226.