November and early December were full of joy and celebrations for Team Darkhorse and our adopted Marines.
November 10 was the 244th Birthday of the Marine Corps, and that event is honored, revered, celebrated and marked each year across the Corps regardless of and where the Marines may be. If deployed and unable to hold a traditional Ball, the Marines will yet find a way to honor the day.
Meanwhile, back home the children and wives of the Battalion were guests at a Children’s Birthday Ball, hosted by Team Darkhorse with the help of local resident sponsors Ann Campbell and Kevin Jameson (thank you Ann and Kevin!).
The children’s party was held on base, a delicious Chik Fil A dinner was served and dancing followed. But first, following the tradition of the Marine Corps, a Color Guard (provided by the Junior Marines ) presented the Colors and the Cake to the Guest Speaker, Captain White. With a flourish, he cut the cake, and presented the first pieces to the oldest and youngest Marine (in this case the oldest and youngest child). The cake, beautifully baked and decorated was donated by Heidelberg Pastry in Laguna Hills.
Helping the children celebrate and dance were Disney characters “Belle and the Beast”, perfectly played by Brittanie Ngo and Jake Walliser.
As I write , we are gearing up for the welcome home events surrounding the waves of Marines set to return over 4 days in late November, as well as the Christmas Gift Drive for the children at the annual Holiday Party.
We wish all of our supporters a very merry Holiday season, and a safe and fun New Year! We will be back at it in January, and will share photos of all the coming events!