Commandant’s Corner Page, July 2020
Here we are six months into 2020 and what a year it has been.
As most of you know, I had open heart surgery in February. All
went well and I am feeling fine. Then the Corona COVID-19 virus
took over our lives starting in March. Many got sick and many
died over the past few months. It changed the way we conducted
our daily lives. We had to stop going out to eat and meeting with
friends and family. Weddings had to be cancelled, we could not
attend funerals for friends or family members. Those who were
looking to celebrate graduation from Schools and Colleges were
told that would not happen. Parents became teachers, most
people were not allowed to go to work and home schooling
became the way classes would be held for many. Hopefully, you
and your families are doing well, staying healthy and keeping
safe under the circumstances.
The unfortunate situation that happened just over a week ago in
Minnesota has added to the awful events of 2020 as well. To me,
bad people doing stupid things as too many others watched
continued the downside and things have gotten worse. I am not
sure what the answer is to make things better, but I hope it gets
better soon. We and the country need this to happen.
The Department of New Jersey, Marine Corps League has
suffered as have many other Veterans organizations in the state
and across the country. There have been no meetings during the
past few months, many worthwhile events that we support have
been cancelled since March. If it were not for technology like
the internet, Facebook, Zoom, texting and many other social
media we all may use, we’d be in the dark.
I am hoping that we will be able to have a meeting in July and
will be sending out a Detachment email blast in the next week to
let you all know. Phone calls will be made to those who do not
use social media nor have the means to do so.
Our next meeting is scheduled for Wednesday, July 8
. We are
trying to see if we can have it on Monday, the 6
. This date will
be the 53
anniversary of the Detachment’s namesake, L/Cpl
Robert J Slattery who was killed in Viet Nam. I would like to
have a small ceremony before we start the meeting. I will let you
know as soon as I have confirmation from the American Legion
Post # 155 if the date is available. I hope to see many of you at
the next meeting.
We are looking for new ideas and participation from all our
members. We need to be a “Gung Ho” Detachment that does all
it can do for the men and women who wear the uniform or who
have worn the uniform of our U.S. Military service, not just the
Marine Corps and Navy. We need to be there for the families
also and help support the other Veteran Organizations we
Stay Safe, Be Careful and Keep Healthy to you and your family in
the coming weeks.
Monthly Leadership Quote
“If our country is worth dying for in time of war, let us resolve that it is truly worth living for in time of peace.”
Hamilton Fish was an American politician who served as the 16th Governor of New York from 1849 to 1850, a United States Senator from New York from 1851 to 1857 and the 26th United States Secretary of State from 1869 to 1877. Fish is recognized as the "pillar" of the presidency of Ulysses S. Grant and considered one of the best U.S. Secretaries of State.