Memorial Day, May 29, 2014, is a time to "Remember Them!" A few years ago, I was privileged to revisit Vietnam with Major General James Livingston at which time he stated, "The Vietnamese do not honor their fallen like we do." The memorials we visited were, in some cases, near ruin.
Here in Knoxville, TN, we will honor those heroes that have given their lives for this great country. The high schools will march and play those traditional military marches. Various veterans organizations will march and ride the floats and often there will be a fly by, and all of the community leaders will sit on the viewing stand. Most importantly the names of all Tennessee Volunteer heroes will be read on the campus of the University of Tennessee. Other veteran organizations will host various ceremonies throughout the Memorial Day weekend. Personally, I will respectfully wear my medals and attend the reading of names. Take the time to attend, "Welcome Home", honor, and celebrate our warriors of today and yesteryear.
Congratulations and "Welcome Aboard!" to our 44 new Ramadi era members. Also, I would like to recognize Brooks Wilson (VP) for his outstanding recruiting in attending the Ramadi Reunion in California April 5-6, 2014. Included in this effort was one Gold Star member. I would strongly like to give a shout out to all of those Gold Star Mothers of 2/4 and ask you to consider joining the Magnificent Association that we are. Our Ramadi members represent the "new" life blood of this Association and we salute you. Again, thank you to those individuals contributing to this event and its success. Individually, special thanks to BGen Bill Weise, LtCol Fritz Warren, Frank and Becky Valdez, Scott Laidig, and Ray and Teresa Del Rio for their support in this collaborative Association effort.
The 2/4 Association has lost Marine, Past President, and Board member Jack Petrowsky. Jack lost his life to Agent Orange, but dedicated his love, along with his wife Peggy, to this association. One's life is exemplified by one's soul. Jack may have lost his human life but his soul is reflected in his willingness to express his love and devotion for this Magnificent Association. We salute you Marine Jack Petrowsky, and thank you Peggy for sharing him with us.
Congratulations to Lieutenant Colonel Mike Wilonsky on command of Second Battalion, Fourth Marines. I might also say welcome back home to the Magnificent Bastards once again. For those that are unaware, LtCol Wilonsky formally served as 2nd platoon commander and executive officer of Echo Company in a previous tour. Also, welcome home to Mrs. Holly Wilonsky, son Barrett and daughter Harper.
Again, keep tuning in for all the latest scuttlebutt. Keep your calendars marked for the August 13-17 reunion and get your registration forms sent in.
Also, keep us informed of changes in your status, i.e., changes in contact information, illnesses, and events happening in your life.
Steve Wilson, President