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Forwarded by Jerry Keene

Just a note to pass along something that happened here in San Diego, that didn't make the national news, but a story worth telling, none the less.

San Diego is the sight of one of the two Marine Corps Recruit training bases in the US. We call it MCRD (for Marine Corps Recruit Depot) and they have regular graduations on the base that bring out about 300 family and friends to see their "new" Marine graduate from this training. These graduations are usually held on Thursdays and the base is always crowded with proud parents and brother and sisters amid lots of picture taking.

Well, there was supposed to have been a graduation on 9/13, which, for obvious reasons -- the base was closed--the graduation was put off until Tuesday 9/18-- one week after the WTC tragedy.

It seems that the base started getting calls from people asking how to get to the base and what were the restrictions for getting on to view the graduation and they thought the calls were related to security concerns and prepared for and expected the usual 300 or so people.

The 18th arrived and so did the people --1600 give or take a few -- to watch these new young Marines graduate!!! After graduation the new Marines are loaded on a bus and taken 5 miles to the San Diego International Airport to catch flights to home for a few weeks before they start their first assignments. When the Marines walked into the airport-- everyone in the airport broke into applause!! Some people gave them their places in line and SOME even gave up their TICKETS!!!

This terrible tragedy has done one thing, for sure, and that's brought this country together in a way that I haven't seen in MY lifetime!

God Bless America!

Sally


CORRECTION
I recently received an email with a correction to this story. I have posted the full text below but have withheld the name.



Sir,

I recently came across your website a few days ago and am truly impressed. However, I did notice a slight mistake in your "Motivation" section. The story "Marine Corps Graduation ceremony gets full crowd " says that the graduation ceremony was delayed due to the 9/11 terrorist attack. In fact, the graduation ceremony for Lima Company, 3d RTB took place right on schedule; 14 September 2001.

I graduated on that day and I want to set the record straight. We didn't hold a DI Dinner or a Family Day as was the norm, and our emblem ceremony took place on an empty parade deck, but by God, there was no way any terrorist was going to delay our graduation! Indeed, there were (what seemed like) thousands of people present at the graduation ceremony.


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