Nov 10, 2006

Major Michael M. Cho, 35 of Burke, Va. and commander of Communications Company, Combat Logistics Regiment 15, 1st Marine Logistics Group (Forward) salutes and Sgt. Christian R. Lebron, 24 of Queens, N.Y. and an electrician with Communications Company holds a flag as the color guard posts during the ceremony. On November, 10, 2006, Marines from Camp Taqaddum stood together to hear Lejeune?s birthday message and celebrate the Marine Corps? 231st year. Col. David M. Richtsmeier, commander of 1st MLG (Forward), urged the audience to remember how Marines have stood together, in every clime and place, for 231 years. ?Just as those who have come before us, the sense of honor, courage, commitment, and patriotism is etched into the souls of all Marines in our ranks today,? said Richtsmeier, a 51-year-old native of Waterloo, Iowa. Many Marines said they felt a strong sense of pride during the ceremony. Others became nostalgic after hearing General LeJuene?s message. ?It takes you back to square one, when you (first) got that (Eagle, Globe and Anchor) in your hand,? said Sgt. Raymond A. Cezair, 27 from Brooklyn, N.Y., and a cook with Headquarters and Service Company, CLR-15.

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