L/CPL Robert J. Slattery, Marine Corps League Det #206, NEWSLETTER, Jun 2020 - #4
Commandant's Corner

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 th . We are trying to see if we can have it on Monday, the 6 th

. This date will be the 53 rd 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 partner with.

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

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.

Semper Fi,

Neas Out

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