Having just returned from Tomb Trek, it is hard to believe the year is moving on so quickly. The weekend started out with a joint reception for MOC Supreme Commander and MOCA President Lee Ann Lam on Friday evening.
On Saturday, we conducted our respective C of A sessions followed by a banquet in the evening. At the banquet, I elected not to have a head table at the banquet so the officers could join with our members, enjoying the meal and comradeship together. Many of our members wore Halloween costumes that culminated in a contest judging by attendees as lead by the Great Blue Louse Pete Laythe.
Of course, hospitality rooms out did themselves once again. We had ample time to see old friends and meet new ones. That made the weekend even better with a finale at Arlington National Cemetery on Sunday.
Tomb Trek this year was our first to be conducted at the World War I Argonne Cross Memorial. MOC and MOCA members laid three hundred and forty wreaths followed by Supreme Commander and President each laying a wreath. The Supreme Color Guard performed the role of receiving the wreaths and laying them at the Argonne Cross. The VFW National Color Guard presented the colors.
Upon completion of the wreath laying at the Argonne Cross, the Supreme Commander, President, Officers and guests traveled by bus to the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier. We were briefed by the Honor Guard NCO and proceeded with the joint laying of a wreath in behalf of the MOC/MOCA.
I want to thank those of you who provided photos on Facebook, especially the contributor of the video clip of the ceremony at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier.
From the positive feedback received from those attending the weekend events I am very pleased to report how successful it was. It started with PSC Mark Newman and his team from Supreme District 4 and the many of you who participated. Thank you all for your continued dedication and contribution to the MOC and MOCA.
“Keep Them Smiling in Beds of White”
Yours in Comradeship and L.O.T.C.S.,
James D. Malott