Friday, November 18, 2011

13th MEU remembers Anaheim’s Warriors

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ANAHEIM, Calif. – Marines from the 13th Marine Expeditionary Unit Color Guard present the Colors as Ronnie Guyer (Center), a Vietnam veteran, and numerous others render honors to the Flag during the Anaheim Veterans Day Ceremony at the Anaheim Veterans Monument, Nov. 10, 2011. The City of Anaheim formally adopted the 13th MEU in 2007 and has since shown support and solidarity with the Marines, Sailors and their families. “The ceremony was a good way to remind Anaheim of the responsibilities of adopting a unit,” said David G. Custodio, a Marine Vietnam veteran and Anaheim native. “It also served as a reminder of the sacrifices, generations of Anaheim residents have made.” The 13th MEU provided the Color Guard and escorts for the Marine Corps Birthday Cake during ceremony, while Col. Christopher D. Taylor, commanding officer, 13th MEU spoke on behalf of the Unit. “Our freedom today is a direct reflection of what you have sacrificed for us,” said Taylor. He also read the names of five service members from Anaheim who have been killed since 2006, as a reminder of the sacrifices its residents have made. (Official U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Christopher O’Quin/Released)

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ANAHEIM, Calif. – Col. Christopher D. Taylor, commanding officer, 13th Marine Expeditionary Unit, speaks to attendees about the sacrifices Anaheim veterans have made in numerous wars in the past and present, during a Veterans Day Ceremony at the Anaheim Veterans Monument, Nov. 10, 2011. “Our freedom today is a direct reflection of what you have sacrificed for us,” said Taylor. He also read the names of five service members from Anaheim who’ve been killed since 2006. The City of Anaheim formally adopted the 13th MEU in 2007 and has since shown support and solidarity with the Marines, Sailors and their families. “The ceremony was a good way to remind Anaheim of the responsibilities of adopting a unit,” said David G. Custodio, a Marine Vietnam veteran and Anaheim native. “It also served as a reminder of the sacrifices, generations of Anaheim residents have made.” The 13th MEU provided the Color Guard and escorts for the Marine Corps Birthday Cake during the ceremony, while Taylor, spoke on behalf of the Unit. (Official U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Christopher O’Quin/Released)



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ANAHEIM, Calif. – Col. Christopher D. Taylor, commanding officer, 13th Marine Expeditionary Unit, speaks to attendees about the sacrifices Anaheim veterans have made in numerous wars in the past and present, during a Veterans Day Ceremony at the Anaheim Veterans Monument, Nov. 10, 2011. “Our freedom today is a direct reflection of what you have sacrificed for us,” said Taylor. He also read the names of five service members from Anaheim who’ve been killed since 2006. The City of Anaheim formally adopted the 13th MEU in 2007 and has since shown support and solidarity with the Marines, Sailors and their families. “The ceremony was a good way to remind Anaheim of the responsibilities of adopting a unit,” said David G. Custodio, a Marine Vietnam veteran and Anaheim native. “It also served as a reminder of the sacrifices, generations of Anaheim residents have made.” The 13th MEU provided the Color Guard and escorts for the Marine Corps Birthday Cake during the ceremony, while Taylor, spoke on behalf of the Unit. (Official U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Christopher O’Quin/Released)


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ANAHEIM, Calif. – Lance Cpl. Obie Dubose, an administrative clerk with the 13th Marine Expeditionary Unit, presents a wreath to Tom Tait, mayor of Anaheim and members of the City Council, during the Anaheim Veterans Day Ceremony at the Anaheim Veterans Monument, Nov. 10, 2011. The City of Anaheim formally adopted the 13th MEU in 2007 and has since shown support and solidarity with the Marines, Sailors and their families. “The ceremony was a good way to remind Anaheim of the responsibilities of adopting a unit,” said David G. Custodio, a Marine Vietnam veteran and Anaheim native. “It also served as a reminder of the sacrifices, generations of Anaheim residents have made.” The 13th MEU provided the Color Guard and escorts for the Marine Corps Birthday Cake during the ceremony, while Col. Christopher D. Taylor, commanding officer, 13th MEU spoke on behalf of the Unit. “Our freedom today is a direct reflection of what you have sacrificed for us,” said Taylor. He also read the names of five service members from Anaheim who’ve been killed since 2006, as a reminder of the sacrifices its residents have made. (Official U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Christopher O’Quin/Released)






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ANAHEIM, Calif. – Marines and a sailor with the 13th Marine Expeditionary Unit escort a Marine Corps Birthday Cake as part the Anaheim Veterans Day Ceremony at the Anaheim Veterans Monument, Nov. 10, 2011. The ceremony also honored the 236th Birthday of the Marine Corps with the reading of General John A. Lejeune’s Birthday Message and cutting of a traditional Birthday Cake. The City of Anaheim formally adopted the 13th MEU in 2007 and has since shown support and solidarity with the Marines, Sailors and their families. “The ceremony was a good way to remind Anaheim of the responsibilities of adopting a unit,” said David G. Custodio, a Marine Vietnam veteran and Anaheim native. “It also served as a reminder of the sacrifices, generations of Anaheim residents have made.” The 13th MEU provided the Color Guard and escorts for the Marine Corps Birthday Cake during the ceremony, while Col. Christopher D. Taylor, commanding officer, 13th MEU spoke on behalf of the Unit. “Our freedom today is a direct reflection of what you have sacrificed for us,” said Taylor. He also read the names of five service members from Anaheim who’ve been killed since 2006, as a reminder of the sacrifices its residents have made. (Official U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Christopher O’Quin/Released)





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ANAHEIM, Calif. – Tom Tait, the mayor of Anaheim returns a piece of traditional Marine Corps Birthday Cake to Col. Christopher D. Taylor, the commanding officer of the 13th Marine Expeditionary during the Anaheim Veterans Day Ceremony at the Anaheim Veterans Monument, Nov. 10, 2011. The ceremony also honored the 236th Birthday of the Marine Corps with the reading of General John A. Lejeune’s Birthday Message and cutting of a traditional Birthday Cake. The City of Anaheim formally adopted the 13th MEU in 2007 and has since shown support and solidarity with the Marines, Sailors and their families. “The ceremony was a good way to remind Anaheim of the responsibilities of adopting a unit,” said David G. Custodio, a Marine Vietnam veteran and Anaheim native. “It also served as a reminder of the sacrifices, generations of Anaheim residents have made.” The 13th MEU provided the Color Guard and escorts for the Marine Corps Birthday Cake during the ceremony, while Taylor, spoke on behalf of the Unit. “Our freedom today is a direct reflection of what you have sacrificed for us,” said Taylor. He also read the names of five service members from Anaheim who’ve been killed since 2006, as a reminder of the sacrifices its residents have made. (Official U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Christopher O’Quin/Released)


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ANAHEIM, Calif. – Master Sgt. (Ret.) Ray A. Steiner, age 91 and the oldest Marine present, passes off a piece of traditional Marine Corps Birthday cake to (Right) Lance Cpl. Brogan L. Mejia, the youngest Marine present and a data network specialist with the 13th Marine Expeditionary Unit, during the Anaheim Veterans Day Ceremony at the Anaheim Veterans Monument, Nov. 10, 2011. The ceremony also honored the 236th Birthday of the Marine Corps with the reading of General John A. Lejeune’s Birthday Message and cutting of a traditional Birthday Cake. The City of Anaheim formally adopted the 13th MEU in 2007 and has since shown support and solidarity with the Marines, Sailors and their families. “The ceremony was a good way to remind Anaheim of the responsibilities of adopting a unit,” said David G. Custodio, a Marine Vietnam veteran and Anaheim native. “It also served as a reminder of the sacrifices, generations of Anaheim residents have made.” The 13th MEU provided the Color Guard and escorts for the Marine Corps Birthday Cake during the ceremony, while Col. Christopher D. Taylor, commanding officer, 13th MEU spoke on behalf of the Unit. “Our freedom today is a direct reflection of what you have sacrificed for us,” said Taylor. He also read the names of five service members from Anaheim who’ve been killed since 2006, as a reminder of the sacrifices its residents have made. (Official U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Christopher O’Quin/Released)









































































































































































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