The MCL Department of Alabama Convention will be held on June 11th through June 12th, 2021
We invite you to join us and enjoy the spirit of camaraderie that is unique to the Brotherhood of Marines. We welcome all active duty, retired, honorably discharged and Reserve Marines with at least 90 days of honorable service. When you earned the coveted "Eagle Globe and Anchor" you earned the title "Marine" forever, and we would like to give you the opportunity to associate with other Marines in the Wiregrass Detachment. Our Navy Corpsmen and Chaplains who served at least 90 days in the Fleet Marine Forces are also welcome.
I now know why men who have been to war yearn to reunite. Not to tell stories or look at old pictures. Not to laugh or weep. Comrades gather because they long to be with the men who once acted their best, men who suffered and sacrificed, who were stripped raw, right down to their humanity. I did not pick these men. They were delivered by fate and the U.S. Marine Corps. But I know them in a way I know no other men. I have never given anyone such trust. They were willing to guard something more precious than my life. They would have carried my reputation, the memory of me. It was part of the bargain we all made, the reason we were so willing to die for one another. I cannot say where we are headed. Ours are not perfect friendships; those are the province of legend and myth. A few of my comrades drift far from me now, sending back only occasional word. I know that one day even these could fall to silence. Some of the men will stay close, a couple, perhaps, always at hand. As long as I have memory, I will think of them all, every day. I am sure that when I leave this world, my last thought will be of my family and my comrades.....such good men.
From "These Good Men" by Michael Norman
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