I would like to add a few words about the Dress Blues issue that has been discussed in the last few newsletters.
I belong to a group called Semper Fi #1. We are committed to rendering military honors for veterans and their families at Riverside National Cemetery here in Riverside, Ca. We have approximately 60+ members and have done thousands of services in our 16 years of existence. We are at the cemetery 3 times a month and do about 20-25 services each month.
We have members from the Korean War, to include every era up to the present. Most of our members never had a set of Blues until joining. We buy them at our own expense, and I can assure you that not one Marine here thinks they are gaudy, or not a good representation of the Marine Corps.
In addition to our service at the cemetery, we have parades, color guards, etc. that we are part of. I can't tell you how many times we are told that we have the best looking uniforms of any
branch of the military.
The families are thankful and impressed when 20 Marines march up in Blues to render military honors for their veteran. When I report to my last duty station there is only 1 uniform I will be wearing, my Dress Blues.