We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
My son Jason, who just started at UCLA, was honored last night at a banquet by the Marine Corps Scholarship Foundation.
It's a generous scholarship, though quite small compared to the whole bill at UCLA. But beyond the money lay a bigger honor and lesson nailed home to Jason.
(BTW, you'll note from the awardee photo below that many of the recipients are female children of Marines. Female Marines are an increasing number and force within the Marine Corps, and all that I've met are fully Marines. As with them, these female award recipients will add much to our heritage and nation's strength.)
As with other award recipients, all awardees stressed the character lessons drummed in by their Marine Corps parent. What gave me extra pleasure was Jason seeing something additional I've always told him: The Marine Corps is the tightest, most lasting, dependable fraternity (that includes female Marines) in the world. From a bevy of Lieutenant Generals and other top officers and executives, down to this Sergeant, all there interacted and discussed as equal-- and honest and humble- brothers. No need to embellish or brag. We've already proven who we are: Marines.
Among the Board members there was the actor David McCallum. (NCIS; Man From Uncle) Everyone was so thrilled to meet him. He is a kind man with a real sparkle and caring in his eyes.
Here's a few more photos from the event.
That's my son Jason, fifth from the left (above), second from left (below).
If you'd care enough to continue this furtherance of building the next strong American generation, please contribute, whatever you can, to the Marine Corps Scholarship Foundation.
You can also contribute by drinking Firestone winery Jarhead Red. Over $700,000 has been contributed from sales of this wine.
Congratulations to you both. When my daughter was commissioned in 2004 (AF), the colonel in charge of the ceremony said to the gathered parents, "We want to thank you for raising your child with the values that sent them to us." I thought: Oh. I guess we did.
It is hard work to raise good and decent children, I am very happy to you both. My husband and I have donated to the Marine Scholarship Fund, it is a worthy cause. They were happy to receive our small donation and I can see that they use it well.
Concgratulations--you have done a good job by this boy. You have also done something else and I cannot help but think you know it. You have made me realize that there are some good and important groups that build lifelong friendships on the foundation of decency and ethics. You sneaky little devil! Thank you! ;-)
For the record, although very liberal Jews, my family was also of the generation that were very patriotic in gratitude for the new freedom of Jews in the US after leaving/escaping Europe. They weren't scandalized, although of course worried -- though proud of meeting my duty --at going to Vietnam.
BTW, I also studied Accounting in college. Jason has the smarts and temperament to be a great accountant and business leader.
Yes, lots of nachas here. :-)
Following the Marine Corps ethos, no Marine child is left behind and the scholarship is non-competitive. All who are eligible and complete an application (https://www.mcsf.org/apply/eligibility/) receive a scholarship, regardless of gender, major or any other characteristic you can think of.