See Lt. Col. Schurmann's message below regarding the Veterans' Celebration on Saturday night.


My Fellow Veterans,
For those who have not attended the Moor Park Reenactment previously, the custom was, until about three years ago, for all the Marines, active, former, and retired, to meet and celebrate the Marine Corps Birthday with a few drinks and their service related stories.
Three years ago, as the usual senior Marine present who coordinated the celebration, it occurred to me that since Veterans Day was one day removed from the Marine Corps Birthday date, it would make sense to invite all the veterans of all the other services to our Marine celebration, and combine both.  The old Marine celebration of about 10 to 15 Marines has grown to over 40 veterans of all services who attended the “party” last year. I was actually asked two years ago if the Confederates were welcome. Of course they are. ALL VETERANS ARE WELCOME!!!
As a result, the Marines among the reenactors will again host our Combined Marine Corps Birthday Celebration and Veterans Day Remembrance Get Together.  The nice thing about this celebration is that the Marines provide a large birthday cake as the centerpiece of the celebration, and everyone involved brings some sort of libation.  While the traditional port is always served by the senior Marine present, the first piece of birthday cake is served by the oldest Marine present to the youngest Marine  present. Since the youngest Marine present last year is presently serving in Afghanistan, we need to find a new youngest Marine.
This year, the Celebration will be held at the camp of the 2nd US Cavalry as usual, and we welcome all veterans of all services.  Cake, plates and forks, and at least one round of port will be provided by the Marine contingent, BUT, everyone coming should bring some libation to share, not necessary at the rate of one bottle per person. For example, if four veterans are coming from one unit, bring a bottle of something and some chairs. We should have sufficient chairs and table space, but one never knows.
We have a new wrinkle this year.   Corporal Mike Rogers of the 2nd Vermont Vol. Infantry Regt has created some art work that we will display on SAT at the stage area.  This art work will be auctioned off at the Celebration to our veterans present, and Mike says he will have about ten renditions of members of the different services. The proceeds will benefit the Marine Corps Toys For Tots Program sponsored for underprivileged kids by the US Marine Corps Reserve.  We will also take cash donations or checks for the program, since it is impractical to bring toys to the reenactment.
We will start promptly at 8:15PM at the Second Cavalry Mess Area in the Walnut Grove. Spouses are welcome.  If you have any questions or concerns, email me at:   [email protected]   or call me at 760 741 5439.            
 I would appreciate an RSVP so we can set up sufficient seating and space AND have enough cake.  Cookies and other appropriate snacks are welcome.  We are usually there for about two hours, so we will be breaking up by about 10PM so folks can get enough rest to keep fighting on Sunday.
I hope as many veterans as possible will join us. If you are a first time attendee at the reenactment or at the celebration, I promise you a first class evening. You will  hear stories that will move you.
 As Colonel Jay Vargas, USMC, ( Medal of Honor winner, 1968) has said’ “ Our veterans are the crown jewels of our nation”  Please make plans to attend.
With Best Regards,
Bill Schurmann
Second US Cavalry Regiment
Former Captain, USMC