Semper Fi

This is a continuation the Missions of California Series. This was shot in the back garden of Mission San Luis Rey de Francia in Oceanside, California. Many of our Servicemen and Women live in Oceanside due to its proximity to Camp Pendleton, a Marine Training Base just a few miles to the  north. Here in the garden, there is beautiful courtyard with this dancing fountain, overlooked by The Virgin Mary. We visited during America’s Memorial Day Weekend and found hundreds of tributes, flowers, messages to our fallen Men and Women who have given their lives for our Liberties and Freedoms. It was beyond words.

Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton is the major West Coast base of the United States Marine Corps and serves as its prime amphibious training base. It is located on the Southern California coast, in San Diego County.

The base was established in 1942 to train U.S. Marines for service in World War II. By October 1944, Camp Pendleton was declared a “permanent installation” and by 1946, it became the home of the 1st Marine Division. It was named after Marine General Joseph Henry Pendleton (1860–1942), who had long advocated in setting up a training base for the Marine Corps on the west coast. Today it is the home to myriad Operating Force units including the Marine Expeditionary Force and various training commands.

I have worked with many Marines, as well as other Servicemen and Women – I have always been inspired by their integrity, sense of duty and straight talking common sense! …and above all, their love for the the Principles they fought to defend.

One response

  1. Ooh-rah! Great, thoughtful post Erik! My brother used to be stationed there. As a former Marine though, I think it’s only fair to warn you that some die-hard former Marines (especially older war vets) won’t take too kindly to being called an “ex-Marine”. The saying goes, “Once a Marine, always a Marine”. Thanks for sharing…and have a great weekend!

    July 23, 2011 at 4:35 am

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