It is interesting that the Laguna Beach Patriots Day Parade Association has taken note that many of our troops are beginning to return from the two longest conflicts in our nation’s history when it announced its 2011 parade theme, “Welcome Home.” This is as it should be.
As a retired Marine, I note with a certain pride that at least 10 Lagunans have served as Marines in Iraq and Afghanistan since 2002. We too welcome them home but in a special way. For over 40 years, local Marines have gathered together for the traditional celebration of the Marine Corps Birthday on Nov. 10.
This year Laguna Marines, friends, and loved ones are invited to gather again at the Canyon Lodge of the Aliso Creek Inn for the Corps’ 235th on Nov. 10 at 18:30 hours in their “best availables.” Call Krystal Neitske for information and reservations at 499-9534.
Semper Fidelis,, Charlie Quilter, Colonel, U.S. Marines (Retired), Laguna Beach