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80th Year Of The Sunset Parade

80th Year Of The Sunset Parade

I am a Vietnam veteran (1966 – 1967 Khe Sanh, 26th Marines). I was awarded the Silver Star and Purple Heart. My Silver Star was presented to me by the then Commandant, General Leonard Chapman in his office while I was stationed at A Co., Hqtrs. Marine Corps at the old Henderson Hall across from the Navy Annex in Arlington, Va.

Recently, on Friday, April 25th this year, my wife and I had the honor of being invited to the Commandant of the Marine Corps Reception at his residence at 8th and I. The occasion was for the 1st night of the 80th year of the "Sunset Parade" at 8th & I. In the picture is the current Commandant, General James Amos, his wife, Col. Cabaniss, Commanding Officer, Marine Barracks at 8th & I and myself.

We had a great time at the reception who was also attended by the Asst. Commandant & about 6 other Marine Corps Generals.

Semper Fi,
Al Varelas 

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