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UNITMYYMSpring Cleaning at the Marine Corps Monument Spring cleaning at the Marine Corps Monument is an annual event and one unit looks forward to doing every year. The Young Marines do this alongside members from the Conrad Kania Marine Corps League Detachment and its hard to say who en- joys raking the leaves and pulling the weeds more. -- Submitted by Judy Link Western New York Young Marines Western New York Young Marines get involved in their annual spring cleaning project. Left Getting underway in the morning and Right Posing for a photo upon completion. Colorado Unit Assists Honor Flight Last May several Young Marines and staff from Foothills Young Marines were honored to help veterans prepare for their Honor Flight to Washington D.C. They helped with loading gear from the bus to the plane and assisting veterans to their plane. They wished them well on their journey and saluted as the plane departed. -- Submitted by Stacy Anderson Public Relations Officer Foothills CO Space Camp Highly Recommended Have you ever had the opportunity to go to Space Camp in Huntsville Alabama If not the next opportunity you have you should take it. I was able to meet Young Marines and civilians from across the country. If you have this opportunity you should take it its worth it. We got to launch rockets take part in sim- ulated missions land a rover and build a colony on Mars learn about different space exploration vehicles and a lot of other amazing things. So if you are eligible to go you should definitely go. -- Submitted by YMPFC Shane Patterson Natchaug River CTYoung MarinesA group photo from Space Camp of future space explorers. Recently I heard the Star Spangled Banner played by a rock group Madison Rising. The way that lead singer Dave Bray sings is so full of emotion that I needed to hear more. After some research I was ecstatic to hear that they have a new album out called American Hero with ten amazing songs. My favorite song is Soldiers Christmas. It is so heartwarming that I had tears in my eyes. I like all of their songs so it was hard to pick just one. Their songs are patriotic and support Amer- ica. They play at veterans events and many others as well. I hope to be able to attend one of their concerts soon. Lead singer Dave Bray served in the U.S. Navy as a Corps- man for the 2nd Battalion 2nd Marines stationed out of Camp Lejeune NC. Drummer Sam Fishman has said Being the drummer for Madison Rising has been a higher calling. Its bigger than all of us. This is an opportunity to create music with a mes- sage that America needs to hear right now. When not on tour he is a drum instructor. The lead guitarist AJ Larson has been in the band since 2013 and makes a great band better. Tom DiPietro is the bassist of Madison Rising. He was a support staffer for troubled youth. His hard work and love for music has helped the band become who they are today. I only know one other person that wasnt involved with Young Marines that has heard of Madison Rising and I wish more people knew about this amazing band. I recom- mend that everybody listen to their songs. Madison Rising is a band that everyone needs to hear. -- Submitted by YMPFC Elizabeth Krell Columbus IN Young Marines Madison Rising I Wish More People Knew About This Amazing Band ESPRIT Page 7