FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
November 2, 2015
MARINES CELEBRATE 240TH BIRTHDAY IN TOWN GREEN PARK IN THE WOODLANDS
State Representative Steve Toth, Congressman Kevin Brady, Colonel Russ Shoup, Guest of Honor Tom Early and More to Remember USMC Brothers on Tuesday, November 10th
The Woodlands, TX (November 2, 2015)—Celebrate Hometown Heroes This November! The United States Marine Corps will mark its 240th birthday with a memorial ceremony at the Texas Marines Medal of Honor Memorial in Town Green Park in The Woodlands on Tuesday, November 10th at 4 p.m. The event is FREE and open to the public.
The ceremony will feature an invocation from State Representative Steve Toth and special introduction by Congressman Kevin Brady.
This year’s ceremony will recognize two Marines from the Battle of Tarawa, both of whom are recognized and honored on the Monument. Their Medal of Honor Citations will be read along with remarks from Senior Vice Commandant of the Eastex Detachment 779 Marine Corps League, Russ Shoup and guest of honor Tom Early.
The Texas Marines Medal of Honor Memorial includes the names of seventeen Texas-born or enlisted Medal of Honor recipients; this includes sixteen Marines and one Navy Corpsman, who is recognized by Marines as one of their own.
Colonel Shoup is a descendant of fellow Medal of Honor recipient, David M. Shoup, and was awarded the Medal of Honor for his leadership and fearlessness at the Battle of Tarawa in the Beach Red One landing which ultimately led to the Marine’s victory.
Tom Early, resident of The Woodlands, has been one of the driving forces in the construction of the Marine Corps Memorial Monument. Tarawa is significant to Early as he attributes saving his brother, Cleland Early a Silver Star recipient and hero of Guadalcanal, to the heroism exhibited by Hawkins and others who first landed on Red Beach.
Immediately following the Memorial ceremony, the Marine Corps Birthday will be observed and follow standard protocol observed by Marines around the world. The cake will be cut and served in the prescribed manner to those attending.
WHAT: United States Marine Corps celebrate 240th Birthday with Memorial Ceremony recognizing Texas Medal of Honor recipients along with remarks from Colonel Russ Shoup and honoring Tom Early with an invocation from State Representative Steve Toth and remarks from Congressman Kevin Brady.
2099 Lake Robbins Dr
The Woodlands, TX 77380
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