Marine Corps Engineer Monument Dedication
Posted on May 16, 2014 | By Stephen Karl | 2 responses
On an overcast, cooler than average May 14, down the road from MCB Quantico, Va., a ceremony was held to dedicate the new Marine Corps Engineer Monument within Semper Fidelis Park on the grounds of the National Museum of the Marine Corps.
The monument is dedicated to the patriotism, valor and sacrifices of Marine Corps Engineers, past and present. It was the idea of the Marine Corps Engineer Association and made possible by donations from more than 200 individuals and organizations, including the Society of American Military Engineers, as well as the SAME Detroit Post, which graciously made its own contribution.
Attended by many current and former Marines, family and friends, other retired service members, and distinguished guests, among them, President of the Marine Corps Heritage Foundation, Lt. Gen. Robert Blackman, USMC (Ret.), and Lt. Gen. Frank Panter, USMC (Ret.), the event began with a ceremony in the chapel near the high point of the museum grounds.
The ceremony was highlighted by Marine Corps engineers representing World War II, the Korean War, Vietnam War, Operation Desert Storm and Operations Enduring Freedom/Iraqi Freedom. Each veteran shared with the audience their recollections of serving as Marine Corps Engineers during these conflicts and what it meant to them to be a part of such a noble fraternity, while proudly being “Marines first, Engineers second.”
Following the chapel ceremony, a bagpiper led a processional down the hill to the final location of the monument. A dedication prayer, placement of a wreath and sounding of Anchors Aweigh and The Marines’ Hymn brought the morning to a close.
Raising the necessary funding, designing and procuring the monument has been four-year project for the Marine Corps Engineer Association—but its efforts will endure to help properly remember those who served. The Marine Corps Engineer Association was established in 1991 to promote Marine Corps engineering; renew and perpetuate fellowship of retired, former and current U.S. Marines who served with Marine Corps engineer units and sister service members; preserve the memory of those who served; promote an accurate historical record of the contributions of Marine Corps engineers; foster solidarity; recognize achievement of active duty and reserve Marine Corps engineers; and provide financial assistance to Marines, next of kin or other deserving personnel. For more information, visit www.marcorengasn.org/. SAME is a proud supporter of MCEA.