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Causes: Arts & Culture, Commemorative Events, History Museums, Military & Veterans Organizations, Veterans

Mission: The marines' memorial association, a 501(c)(19) non-profit veterans organization, has a mission to "honor the legacy of military service by operating the marines' memorial club as a living memorial and holding programs that commemorate, educate, and serve american veterans of all eras".

Programs: The marines' memorial association is chartered as a non-profit 501(c)(19) veterans' organization with a mission to "honor the legacy of military service by operating the marines' memorial club as a living memorial and holding programs that commemorate, educate, and serve american veterans of all eras. "in that regard, for fiscal year 2014-2015, the marines' memorial association fulfilled its mission in a multitude of ways. One way was to hold special events. The association conducts a variety of programs including monthly lectures on military operations and speaking events by authors. This past year, the association held 37 separate events, as follows:eleven (11) events were to commemorate:1. 07 august: 72nd anniversary of the battle for guadalcanal: commemoration luncheon for the 71st anniversary of the battle for guadalcanal, the most important battle of the pacific world war ii. Speaker was the president/ceo of the marines' memorial association and he focused on the guadalcanal battle as an air battle waged by the cactus air force, a force of marine, navy and army airplanes and pilots. 2. 18 september: 64th anniversary of the korean war: commemoration luncheon for the 64th anniversary of the korean war. The title of the commemoration talk was "a place called the hook", delivered by gunny sergeant (denny) weisgerber, usmc (ret. )3. 09 october: honor the fallen concert at the marines' memorial theatre: this was a moving band concert by the 1st marine division band as a tribute to the souls lost in wars. 4. 10 october: dedication of the veteran's memorial: located between the war memorial and opera house, van ness avenue, san francisco. The veterans memorial was promised to the veterans in 1932; a shortage of money was the excuse for not keeping the promise. The president and ceo of the marines' memorial association led a volunteer fund raising effort which raised $2. 5 million for the memorial; conducted a nation-wide design competition; and built the memorial under the headline "keeping the promise". The dedication ceremony was attended by the mayor of san francisco mayor ed lee, the senior senator from california, senator diane feinstein, former secretary of state and a marine, george p. Shultz and a host of elected and appointed officials. 5. 08 november: 239th marine corps birthday ball: guest of honor: general john kelly, usmc (ret. ) general kelly attended and was gracious in his remarks. He is the commander of us southcom, having assumed that command on 19 november 2012 from his previous position as senior military assistant to the secretary of defense. Ussouthcom is responsible for all dod security cooperation in the 45 nations and territories of central and south america and the caribbean. 6. 19-21 february: gold star parents honor and remembrance: the marines' memorial association, with support from the blue star moms, east bay , hosted the 10th annual gold star parents honor and remembrance. Gold star parent refers to one whose son or daughter was killed while serving in the us armed forces the event consist of: (1) a reception where the gold star parents have an opportunity to memorialize their son or daughter in a personal way and talk about their loss with others; (2) a buffet dinner where they meet and bond with other gold star parents; (3) a moving memorial service with the names of the lost sons and daughters is read aloud, a candle is lit, and sacrifice recognized; (4) breakout groups led by psychiatrists and psychologists to help with the grieving process; and, (5) a formal banquet that features a guest speaker, normally a senior military leader, who thanks the parents for their dedication. At the conclusion, the us marine band plays a service medley and then entertains the gold star families with jazz and contemporary music. The families leave having pride in their child's service, having found new friends, and being networked with other gold star families in california. 7. 24 february: iwo jima commemoration luncheon: special memorial luncheon honoring iwo jima veterans for the 70th anniversary of the battle for iwo jima. Master of ceremonies was majgen o. K. Steele, usmc (ret. ) who introduced the producer, dustin spence who talked about and then showed the film "the forgotten flag raisers", a story of the first flag raising on iwo jima, which was replaced by the more famous second flag raising captured by joe rosenthal's iconic photo. 8. 19 march: salute to vietnam veterans: salute to vietnam veterans event. This event was held in our theatre and featured paul "bud" bucha, recipient of the medal of honor, who put the vietnam experience into current day perspective and explained why he attends gatherings for such occasions. His talk was followed by a showing of the film "the last days in vietnam", a new documentary by rory kennedy. Then we gathered in the commandants room to socialize in a grand reception with food, drinks and music of the era. 9. 06 april: 4th annual salute to iraq and afghanistan veterans: general james n. Mattis, usmc (ret. ), the former commander of the us central command spoke to a full house in the mm theater about the meaning of their service. His remarks were printed the next day in the wall street journal - referencing his speech at the marines' memorial club. 10. 23 may: mma memorial service and luncheon: for the 68th consecutive year, the saturday before memorial day the marines' memorial association sponsored a memorial service for the members, followed by a luncheon. It is fitting that we pause to remember the true cost of freedom and honor those who made the ultimate sacrifice to protect it. We honor our brave men and women who selflessly gave of themselves to defend a way of life that we all cherish, free of oppression and fear. We owe all of our veterans, past and present, a debt of gratitude for their sacrifices in the defense of liberty. We reflect on what it truly means to live in freedom. The speaker at the memorial service as the marines' memorial association director of military and veteran affairs, colonel chris starling, usmc (ret. ). 11. 06 june: battle of midway commemoration: the midway commemoration remains one of the most attended events annually and resonates with our navy and marine members. Guest of honor and speaker was admiral scott swift, former commander, united states pacific fleet. Seventeen (17)events were to educate:1. 09 july: remarks by nato secretary general anders fogh rasmussen: nato remains an essential element of the u. S. European relationship. Beyond the euro-atlantic area, nato is working with partners across the globe, including in the asia-pacific, to build common security and support the international order. Stability of our international system cannot be taken for granted. In ukraine, russia has demonstrated blatant disregard for the international law. Nato's secretary general, attempted to describe how america and europe, working through an outward-looking nato, can continue to lead by example and safeguard the order on which security and prosperity depend. 2. 04 september: "light at the end of the tunnel: mike cerre, an emmy award winning journalist and a marine, interviewed chuck searcy about the efforts of project renew. The mission of the project is to make quang tri provence in vietnam safe from the threat of explosive remnants of war. 3. 15 september: "before the first shots are fired" by gen. Anthony zinni: after four decades of military service and countless experiences in military intervention, retired four-star general tony zinni is well aware that wars are not always decided on the battlefield. Political decisions, intelligence estimates, strategies ( or the lack thereof), and many other non-battlefield components have crucial significance in the outcome of war, and few americans realize how many essential pieces have to fall in to place to execute a successful campaign. Too often, there are disastrous disconnects between the civilian leaders and military leaders who send our soldiers off to battle, resulting in war time decisions that are ineffective, and dangerous for our men and women on the front lines. In before the first shots are fired: how america can win or lose off the battlefield, general zinni teamed up with tony koltz, calling for widespread change in the way the u. S. Decides to go to war, and how our military strategy is conducted. Analyzing our past military experiences, especially our most recent ones, he pinpoints what must be done to make our process of going to war more clear-eyed, and ultimately, successful.

the marines' memorial association sponsors an annual gold star parents event. For the 10th straight year, the association has hosted more than 300 parents for two days to commemorate the loss of their loved ones in our nation's wars in iraq and afghanistan. Attendees share pictures and stories of their loved ones, attend a memorial service and develop networks to maintain contact with each other.

in addition to events, the flagship of the association, the marines' memorial club, provided dramatically reduced rate hotel rooms to currently serving members of the u. S. Military for 5,740 room nights, which included complimentary breakfast, fitness center access and free internet access in our business center, a subsidy of $393,777. In addition, we permitted currently serving military to become members without making tax-deductible donations to the association.

a. The association provided 25 scholarships to members or dependents of members to attend accredited colleges and universities as undergraduates. These scholarships in the amounts of $2,500 (ten), $4,000 (one), $5,000 (thirteen), and $10,000 (one) were provided for various majors. B. The association provided a support structure for the california governor's troops to college program. The program was initiated in 2006 by a former marines' memorial board chairman to assist our veterans in gaining admission to and succeeding in higher education in california's colleges and universities. C. The association actively supported young iraq and afghanistan war veterans as they transitioned back to civilian status by arranging for skilled labor training and advocating for changes to the department of labor transition assistance program (tap) so as to assist the veterans to find meaningful jobs leading to successful careers. D. The association publishes a quarterly association magazine titled "crossroads of the corps" to provide summaries of the commemorative and educational programs held at the club. 20,000 copies of each quarterly issue are provided to the members and local community. E. The association assumed responsibility for san francisco's annual fleet week activities at the request of the mayor of san francisco, senator feinstein and former secretary of state george p. Shultz. A committee of volunteers was recruited to meet weekly at the marines' memorial to organize one of san francisco's signature military events.

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craig newmark


Rating: 5

The MMA runs the Marines Memorial Building which is a frequent venue for lots of good work. That includes sessions on social media for nonprofits, seminars on PTSD and TBI ("The Brain at War") and a lot which helps military families and veterans.

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Rating: 5

These guys provide a bunch of facilities helping veterans of all ages, and are looking to do more, like a computer center to help vets learn to use system, for purposes including getting a job.