|New earrings bought in Malta, |
a sparkly headband for the shorty-short 'do,
and Mike's new tie from M&S.
On November 10, 1775, a Corps of Marines was created by a resolution of the Continental Congress. Since that date, many thousands have borne the name Marine. In memory of them, it's fitting that the Marines commemorate the birthday of the corps by calling to mind the glories of its long and illustrious history.
The Marine Corps has a long history of cooperation with the Dept. of State, going back to the early days of the United States. Marines have served many times on special missions as couriers, guards for embassies and legations, and to protect American citizens in unsettled areas.
The formal and permanent use of Marines as security guards began with the Foreign Service Act of 1946, which authorized the Secretary of the Navy to, upon request of the Secretary of State, assign Marines to serve as security guards under the supervision of the senior diplomatic officer at a diplomatic post. The Marine Security Guards (MSGs) number approximately 1,000 Marines at 51 posts (also known as "detachments"), organized into 9 regional MSG commands, and located in over 133 countries in 18 time zones--as well as its HQ at Marine Corps Base Quantico.
|Guest of Honor: Consul General Scott Kilner|
Guest Speaker: Major Tanya Murnock
Staff Sergeant: Adam Peerey
|Fallen Soldier Table. |
Remembering them honors their sacrifice
and that of their families—underscoring the importance
of the commitment to duty made by the living.
Each element on the table symbolizes something specific.
|Formal ballroom decor. Pretty!|
|Our Marine Security Guard Detachment!|
|Bringing in the traditional cake.|
|My friend Jelena sent a gnome with me on my travels.|
Here he is with the evening's itinerary!
Our Ball was at Movenpark Hotel in the Levent area of Istanbul. It included speeches and video, dinner, dancing, drinking. It really was a good time, and a great chance for all the girls to get dressed up in their formal dresses, hair styles, makeup, etc.
|Here we are!|
|Stuart Weitzman sling-back heels. Wow!|