Marines impact local communities through service
On Thanksgiving 2012, United States Marines from Recruiting Station Baton Rouge and Marine Corps Recruiting Command helped serve hundreds of New Orleans citizens at the 38th Annual Orleans Parish Sheriff's Thanksgiving Dinner Celebration.
"We encourage and invite people from all walks of life in Orleans and the surrounding parishes and communities to celebrate this family holiday tradition with us," said Sheriff Marlin N. Gusman, Orleans Parish Sheriff.
The Marines, in New Orleans that week as partners and supporters of the 39th Annual Bayou Classic, could not pass up the opportunity to serve individuals in need and accepted the invitation to volunteer.
"The United States Marine Corps is proud to partner with the Bayou Classic for the 12th consecutive year but, even more proud to serve members of our community during this holiday," said Major Jonathan Hamilton, Commanding Officer, Recruiting Station Baton Rouge.
The celebration, held yearly at the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center, is free and consists of live music and entertainment, prayer and traditional Thanksgiving food served by dozens of volunteers.
"We look forward to coming together as a community to give thanks and celebrate the blessings we've received during the past year, all while enjoying a great meal and entertainment," said Gusman.
The Marines continued their day of service by participating in the Bayou Classic Thanksgiving Day Parade where many of the same individuals they served earlier in the day provided applause and cheers.