2009 Events

UPS Support of "Toys for Tots"
Local UPS Store is Perennial National Leader in Marine Corps "Toys for Tots" Donations

Louisville, Kentucky, January 20, 2009: At over 5000 UPS stores throughout the nation, employees annually solicit donations in support of the Marine Corps "Toys for Tots" program. Since 2005, a local franchise, owned and operated by Melva J. Moore, has been among the most productive. During the 2008 holiday season, the staff of The UPS Store, 9462 Brownsboro Road, raised $1,920 in support of "Toys for Tots," ranking 5th among all UPS stores nationwide.

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Semper Grati Fund Aids Local Marine
Semper Grati Fund Aids Local Marines Recover from Storm

Fort Knox, Kentucky, February 28, 2009:  Through a cooperative partnership with the Semper Grati Fund, a substantial grant was made to the Marine Corps Detachment, United States Army Armor Center, Fort Knox, Kentucky, to assist individual Marines and their families with financial losses and/or extra expenses incurred as a direct result of a catastrophic ice storm which caused widespread power outages throughout Kentucky January 28-February 5, 2009.

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"Commander's Cup Trophy" Fort Knox 2009
Marine Corps Detachment Fort Knox Army Armor Center Sweeps Intramural Sports "Commander's Cup Trophy"

Fort Knox, Kentucky, February 19, 2009: Congratulations to all our Kentucky-based Marine Corps tankers, who participated in intramural sports at Fort Knox during the past year. For their efforts, the Marine Corps Detachment, United States Army Armor Center, was awarded the "Commander's Cup Trophy" for amassing the highest total points (860) for participation and achievement.

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"Medal for Freedom" Presentations 2009
Families of Fallen Marines Honored with Kentucky "Medal for Freedom"

Frankfort, Kentucky, March 13, 2009: Governor Steve Beshear presented Kentucky "Medals for Freedom" to the families of 15 Kentucky military members who have died in combat while serving in Afghanistan and Iraq. "We are here because 15 men died violently thousands of miles from here - died on our behalf and on behalf of all who support right and good in the world," Governor Beshear said.

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Ted Bassett Book Signing 2009
Chairman's Autobiographical Book Reveals Influence of Marine Corps Experience on "Magnificent Blur" of Exceptional Achievement

Louisville, Kentucky, April 30, 2009: Friends of James E. "Ted" Bassett III, who share a common brotherhood of Marine Corps service, gathered at a luncheon celebration to honor him on the recent publication of his autobiography Keeneland's Ted Bassett: My Life, prior to a scheduled book signing event at Borders Books Music and Cafe, 400 South 4th Street.

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Aviator Memorial Rededicated 2009
Local Memorial to Fallen "Desert Shield" Marine Pilot Rededicated at Valley High School

Louisville Kentucky; May 26, 2009: Family and friends gathered at Valley High School to remember an alumnus of the Naval Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps (NJROTC), who perished in the service of the nation during "Desert Shield." Captain James K. Thorp, USMC, was killed in action in Iraq on February 3, 1991, while piloting a Cobra helicopter.

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Patriots Peace Memorial Enshrinement 2009

Louisville, Kentucky, May 25, 2009: In a moving Memorial Day ceremony, Marines from throughout the Louisville area came together as "family" to honor one of their own. Corporal John David Head, USMC, a highly decorated veteran of World War II, who after surviving six (6) battles in the South Pacific, where he was awarded a Silver Star and Purple Heart, tragically lost his life to an accidental firearms discharge, while in transit with his reserve company to fight again in the Korean War.

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"Marine Night" Lexington Legends 2009
Lexington Legends Recognize Local Marines with Special Night of Baseball

Lexington, Kentucky June 27, 2009: Marines from throughout Central Kentucky gathered at Applebee's Field as the Lexington Legends (Class A South Atlantic League, Houston Astros Affiliate) hosted what is believed to have been professional baseball's first Military Appreciation Night specifically honoring the Marine for Life Program and Wounded Warrior Regiment.

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234th USMC Anniversary Celebrations 2008
Kentucky Marines Celebrate 234th Anniversary of United States Marine Corps

Lexington, Louisville and Fort Knox, Kentucky, November 2009: Marines throughout Kentucky, young and old, active, reserve, retired and former, gathered together to celebrate the 234th Anniversary of the United States Marine Corps at various venues. Major events commemorating this anniversary were held in Louisville and Lexington, where Colonel Ronald D. Ray, USMCR (Ret), Former Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense (Guard/Reserve), Crestwood, Kentucky and BGen David H. Berger, USMC, Director of Operations, Headquarters Marine Corps, Washington, DC served as Guests of Honor respectively.

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Christmas for Deployed Marines 2009
Saint Francis in the Fields Episcopal Church Brightens Christmas for Deployed Marines

Harrods Creek, Kentucky; December 16, 2009:  Members of the Saint Francis in the Fields Episcopal Church, gathered together in the Christmas spirit to remember those who will not be with loved ones this year. Under the leadership of Pete Laventis, church members packaged and mailed 296 Christmas gift boxes to three different Marine Corps units deployed in Afghanistan.

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