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LA County Honors Marines With Proclamation

By Staff Sgt. Sergio Jimenez | | November 3, 2004

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In honor of the 229th Marine Corps Birthday, The Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors recognized the Marines for their service to the nation during a morning proclamation ceremony at the Kenneth Hahn Hall of Administration here today.

Staff Sgt. Jeffrey Corcoran, training chief, and Sgt. Jaime Arroyo, H&S Co, 2nd Battalion, 23rd Marines, Encino, Calif., and Marines from Public Affairs Office Los Angeles accepted a scroll from Supervisor Zev Yaroslavsky, 3rd District, proclaiming Nov. 7-13, "United States Marine Corps Week" throughout Los Angeles County.

Yaroslavsky praised the Marines as he read from a scroll that bore the Marine Corps and County seals and had text written in sweeping red and blue calligraphy.

"Since their inception, Marines have served as sharpshooters from ships riggings in close battles, earning their well-deserved reputation as 'riflemen,'" read Yaroslavsky. Throughout history, Marines have "marched in step, guiding and leading the country and asserting 'we will be the first to fight,' and, in confronting trouble in 'Any clime and place,' they have served with honor and distinction from 'the halls of Montezuma, to the shores of Tripoli,'" read Yaroslavsky.

Yaroslavsky went on to recognize the Marines for their community support. "Whereas in Los Angeles, 57 years ago, they showed another caring side by launching the "Toys For Tots" program to ensure that needy children receive gifts during the holiday season," read Yaroslavsky.

According to Corcoran, it was an honor to accept the scroll on behalf of the Marine Corps. Corcoran, who has volunteered for more than 25 Toys For Tots events, said the scroll will hang on one of the company's walls as a proud display of the partnership between the Marines and the community.

"The Los Angeles community has always been very respectful and appreciative of the Marine Corps," said Corcoran. "When we were in Iraq, we received many care packages from grade school kids in Los Angeles," he said. "That's the way it works, we support them, and they support us."

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