Veterans Day Brought to Atria Tamalpais Creek Residents

Taking patriotism to those who are patriots but cannot get out to participate.

On Monday, Nov. 12, the House of Steel Marines brought Veterans Day to the residents of the Atria Tamalpais Creek Senior Living home in Novato and enjoyed a terrific barbecue. The young recruits paraded the service flags in both the dining room and outside to the enjoyment of all including families who were there. Al Crozier led the singing of "God Bless America"  and all were in fine voice.

After the colors were retired the residents were eager to meet and learn about the young men and women. It turns out that among the residents were four Iwo Jima Marines and one sailor who was at sea off the island during the battle. Two of the ladies were widows of World War II prisoners of war and virtually 100 percent were either veterans or widows of veterans. One former Naval officer had a book that he had written about his cruise and a scrapbook that he was most proud of.

We intend to bring the colors back as often as we can and especially on days such as Memorial Day, and especially the Fourth of July. Since many of the Atria residents are not able to attend the annual Fourth of July parade in downtown Novato, we will bring it to them — at least the marching Marines and colors and as many other entrants who will take the added time to turn left onto Seventh Street then on down a couple of long blocks to Atria Tamalpais Creek.

It will take some effort and planning, but by golly we are going to make it work. They deserve it, as do the residents of Creekside across the street.

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John Sammons November 15, 2012 at 06:05 PM
I need to clarify something in the original post. The young men and woman involved are High School students from various High Schools in the County. When I mentioned the House of Steel Marines I should have said the House of Steel Military Program. This program works with young men and women in high school and middle school who are interested in the military. Not all of them go into the service but all thrive in the program. The squad leader for this event was 16 and his assistant 15 - a couple at the ceremony were 12. This program receives no financial support from any of the schools nor the military - it is funded solely by Greg Allen and donations. He also works with the juvenile justice system to mentor troubled youths. So please, although they are in USMC type uniforms, do not think of them as marine recruits but young men and women who are in a non-school ROTC like program. Their school performance is monitored and when necessary a tutor is obtained for them. John Sammons


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