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By YMLCpl Joshua Kattaron Gen Raymond G. Davis Metro Atlanta GA The Metro Atlanta Young Marines went to the Georgia Na- tional Cemetery in Canton Georgia on the Saturday before Memorial Day. Each year our unit places flags at the grave markers and attends the ceremony that honors our fallen he- roes who have given their lives so that we may be free. We were honored to have met the guest speaker BGen Denis Shortal USMC Ret. He delivered an amazing speech that was very inspirational during the ceremony following the flag placement. In addition to placing the flags our unit staff asked each of us to write the name of at least one persons grave marker information to discuss at our next drill. This created a more personal connection to those interred there. Therefore what we did at the National Cemetery was more than merely plac- ing flags. We were reminded that the markers are represen- tative of people. Our leaders impressed upon us that each human life holds high value. The person whose marker I chose was Martha E. Hagadone. She was a Captain in the United States Army and was the wife of Ronald R. Hagadone Sr. What I found most interest- ing about Capt. Hagadone is that she was born on and died on the same date the 12th of July. She was born in 1932 and died on her 81st birthday in 2013. Although my internet search of Captain Hagadone did not produce much informa- tion it was interesting to know her by name. Our heroes that died either during wartime did an invalu- able service to us as Young Marines and to every citizen of this great country. They gave or were willing to give the ultimate sacrifice for our freedom. It is this Young Marines duty to remember recount and retell that the freedoms we enjoy today are not free. Thank you to all who serve this proud and mighty nation. Metro Atlanta Each Human Life Holds High Value By YMPFC Calvin Golden Oregon Cascade OR Oregon Cascade provided me with a wonderful community service oppor- tunity during this years Memorial Day weekend.The opportunity was to go to a very large and historic local cemetery in Portland to help the cemetery staff by manning the entrances and passing out surveys and pencils to the attendees. We then collected them when visitors left. The Oregon Cascade unit be- comes better known in the Portland area as a result of their participation in this event. This has been an annual event for Oregon Cascade for a few years. We work two days Saturday and Monday with two shifts each day. Because of this opportunity to serve I earned the hours I needed to com- plete my community service award so I am able to earn a promotion. My experience with this event was that it was important and fun to do. It was nice to look at the beautiful scenery there. The cemetery staff were very nice and appreciate our work. It is great for Oregon Cascade to have a reliable annual community service activity every Memorial day weekend to attend.The survey we distribute really helps the cemetery staff to plan and the physical changes are noticeable every year. Memorial Day Serving Our Community Guest speaker BGen Denis SHortal USMC Ret. joined the Metro Atlanta Young Marines for the Memorial Day observance in Canton GA. ESPRIT Page 19