LACONIA — The 15th Annual Gathering of Marines, presented by the Lakes Region Detachment of the Marine Corps League, will occur on Saturday, November 9, 2013, in celebration of the founding of the United States Marine Corps at Tun's Tavern in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania on November 10, 1775, built upon the singular tenet, "Duty, Honor, Commitment" for 238 years.
All Marines will be expressing their famous greeting, "Semper Fi" ("Always faithful") once again at the Margate Resort, located at 76 Lake Street in Laconia, New Hampshire during opening ceremonies slated to start 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 all guests.
This year's event is being marked as very special in that the Lakes Region Detachment will be recognizing all New Hampshire veterans who served during the Korean War period and especially those Marines from the Lakes Region area. 2013 marks the 60th anniversary of the truce entered into on 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 January 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 some 5.3 million people were killed or wounded, among them, over 2.5 million civilians.
Combatant casualties from both sides in the conflict were significant.
New Hampshire citizens played a shared role in this conflict as some 11,500 men and women served in the U.S. military during the Korean War 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 as to factual data.
Dress code for the evening's activities is military uniform, tuxedo, gown, formal dress or business attire.
Reservations at $45 per person can be made through Bob Patenaude, Detachment Commandant at 603-253-7970 or mailed to Lakes Region Detachment, MCL; P.O. Box 764, Center Harbor, NH 03226.