Marines helping Marines with roses
June 15, 2012 at 1:15 a.m.
Updated June 16, 2012 at 1:16 a.m.
Marine Corps League
The Jack Ringel Marine Corps League Detachment 540 will take part in the Marine Roses program on June 23.
Members of the detachment will be at all Victoria Walgreens stores from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. with the roses, patterned after the VFW poppy program.
Funds raised from donations for the roses will be used to assist other Marines in need.
The Marine Corps and roses have a long history.
In 1778 during the War of Independence, the Marine Corps rose was dedicated to those Marines who made the ultimate sacrifice for their country.
This tradition was continued by the French during World War I when the Marines attacked the Germans in the trenches at Beleau Wood, roses were planted by the grateful French people at the graves of the fallen Marines.
YEAR FOUNDED LOCALLY:
1983 as Golden Crescent Detachment; 1996 renamed Jack Ringel Detachment 540
2nd Monday, 7 p.m., VFW Hall, 2001 Lova Drive
Commandant - Martin Garcia
Sr. Vice Commandant - Ronald Heath
Jr. Vice Commandant - Art Ramirez
Judge Advocate - Robert Morris
Paymaster - Ed Salazar
Sgt. At Arms - Sammy Hysquierdo
Chaplain - George Jester