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06-20-09, 07:18 AM
Memorial for Marines killed in Iraq planned at Selfridge

Saturday, June 20, 2009

By Linda May, Macomb Daily Columnist

A proposed new memorial on Selfridge Air National Guard Base to the 1/24 Marines would commemorate 22 members of the U.S. Marine Corps by providing a "gathering place for the souls of the departed, and the Marines, families and community left behind to honor their brave service and memory." The 22 — who all died in Iraq — are being honored by the 1st Battalion 24th Marines Memorial Committee.

Tarryl Hill of Shelby Township is the only Macomb County resident on the memorial. Others from Michigan are: Troy Nealey of Eaton Rapids, Minhee Kim of Ann Arbor, Bryan Burgess of Canton, Brent Beeler of Napoleon Township, Nicholas Miller of Silverwood, Christopher Esckelson of Vassar, Luis Castillo of Lawton, Mark Kidd of Milford, Brett Witteveen of Shelby, and Bufford Van Slyke of Bay City.

The other Marines are Jeremy Shock of Ohio; Brock Babb of Indiana; Joshua Hines of Illinois; Marcus Golczynski, Richard Buersetta, Tyler Overstreet and William Spencer, all of Tennessee; Jonathan Thornsberry of Kentucky; Matthew Pathenos of Missouri; and Jacob Neal of Texas.

They represented the 1st Battalion 24th Marine Regiment either from H&S Company Selfridge, Alpha Company Grand Rapids, Bravo Company Saginaw, Charlie Company Lansing or Weapons Company Perrysburg, Ohio.

While the site location is still being decided upon, fundraising goes forward by the Macomb County Detachment of the Marine Corps League. The MCL holds sharpshooting contests, and sales of USMC merchandise. They will have a sales booth at the Selfridge Air Show Aug. 22-23.

The Berkley American Legion post is having a bike and blues run today at noon from Berkley to Scripter Park in Oxford. Information for the run is at (248) 830-9686.

The Marine Corps League and its auxiliary have planned a spaghetti dinner fundraiser for the 1/24 memorial from 3-8 p.m. July 30 at American Legion Post 351 at 46146 Cass Ave. in Utica. Donation is adults $10, seniors $8. For advance tickets or to make a donation, contact Karen Aune at (586) 463-8890.

The architect for the 1/24 memorial, Nicholas Watkins, did a study called "The Journey Back to the World: Exploring the Psychological Effect of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial on Vietnam War Combat Veterans with Posttraumatic Stress Disorder."

Watkins concluded that memorial places have the power to heal or reduce PTSD symptoms. His study said that repeated visits to the Vietnam memorial changed veterans over time. Vietnam vets noticed the names on the memorial during earlier visits, but noticed their own reflections behind the names during later visits.

More information about the 1/24 memorial is on the Web at http://1-24battalionmemorial.bravehost.com/index.htm. The organizing committee is also on Facebook.

Part of the memorial is an elevated cast bronze table with 22 engraved plaques, and benches surrounded by a courtyard. Those were inspired by the tradition of setting an empty table in the mess hall for deceased fellow service members, symbolizing unity and camaraderie among the souls of the departed and the living who gather around the table. An empty plate at the head of the table acknowledges the possibility of future losses.

'Tales of Our Fathers'

"Tales of Our Fathers" is from 9-10 a.m. today on the Internet at www.veteransradio.net, or on WDEO - 990 AM radio station called "The Voice of America's Veterans." People may call in (877-573-7825) or e-mail (dale@veteransradio.net) stories about service in World War II. Gail Chatfield will participate with host Dale Throneberry. She wrote "By Dammit, We're Marines! Veterans' Stories of Heroism, Horror, and Humor in World War II on the Pacific Front."

Sunday memorial

Beginning at 6 a.m. Sunday, the children of people who died in Vietnam or are still missing in action will lay about 2,000 red, yellow and white roses, with messages attached, at the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington, D.C., for Father's Day. Red roses represent those who were killed in action in Vietnam, yellow flowers designate those who remain missing in Southeast Asia, and white roses symbolize those who have died during America's most recent conflicts.

The Vietnam War was America's longest war, but the ceremony honors all who serve and sacrifice for our nation's defense, as well as recognize the sacrifices of the loved ones they leave behind.

The messages of love are read aloud at an 8 a.m. ceremony. The keynote speaker for the ceremony is U.S. Air Force Maj. Gen. Robert M. Worley II, whose father, Robert Franklin Worley, is remembered on panel 51 west, line 47 of "The Wall."

Father's Day brunch

The Sterling Heights Lions Club Father's Day brunch will be from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday. Donation is $7.50 for "gourmet pancakes," French toast, scrambled eggs, meats, and other choices. Carry-outs are available. The clubhouse is at 12828 Canal Road, west of Schoenherr Road. For information, call (586) 254-9433.

Send service club and veterans news to: Linda May, c/o The Macomb Daily, 100 Macomb Daily Drive, Mount Clemens MI 48046; or lindamay@ameritech.net. Phone/fax (586) 791-8116.