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This is so exciting! Ed’s wife Jennie is from Braxton and this is an outstanding award.
Dear Family and Friends,
This past Friday (November 13, 2020), during a belated Marine Corps Birthday cake cutting ceremony, commemorating the 245th Anniversary of the United States Marine Corps, I was honored to receive, through the Commandant of the Marine Corps, a prestigious Navy “Superior Public Service Award,” primarily in recognition of my work with the Marine Corps Coordinating Council of Kentucky (MCCCK).
Needless to say, I was both humbled and grateful, as the award was an affirmation of the positive impact the MCCCK has had on Marine Corps activities within the Commonwealth of Kentucky, as well as wounded and injured Marines nationwide, through ongoing significant financial support of the Semper Fi Fund. Although I tend to shun public recognition, I was indeed proud to accept this award on behalf of the MCCCK and all those with whom I serve.
Since reports of this award presentation have leaked out via Facebook and Twitter, I thought it best to take this opportunity to advise family and friends of this honor. Since 2005, the MCCCK has given me a unique opportunity in retirement to reconnect with the Marine Corps, in a most meaningful manner and I am most grateful that my fellow veterans have entrusted great responsibility in me.
The Navy “Superior Public Service Award” has been described as the second highest award that the United States Department of the Navy can present to a private civilian, in recognition of significant contributions that have broad impact on the mission of the United States Navy / Marine Corps, relative to a major organizational element or large geographical area.
I am particularly thankful to all those involved in the nomination process and presentation of this award in the presence of my wife of 50 years, who has supported my post-retirement volunteer activities in multiple ways. Due to restrictions placed on public gatherings as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, attendance at the presentation ceremony was limited, with some actually participating remotely through Zoom video conferencing.
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