HOUSTON, TX---For Eagle's Trace resident Bill King, enlisting in the U.S. Marines in 1954 was more than just a call of duty.
"The Corps provided me with a sense of purpose and discipline that served me well academically and professionally for the rest of my life," described Mr. King, who was honorably discharged as a Sergeant E-4 in 1957.
For ten former Marines at Eagle's Trace, the Erickson Living retirement community in West Houston, that lifelong devotion to the Corps was on display during a dinner celebration commemorating the 238th Anniversary of the U.S. Marine Corps in November.
To mark the occasion, the residents invited students and leaders from the Marine Corps JROTC of Atascocita High School of Humble, Texas. Wearing their dress blues, the students presented the colors for the celebration and shared conversation with the residents.
They also witnessed one of the revered traditions of the U.S. Marine Corps, the cake-cutting ceremony in which the first slice of cake is given to the oldest Marine present, who in turn hands it off to the youngest Marine present. The custom symbolizes the experienced Marines passing their knowledge to a new generation.
"We were honored to share the traditions of the Marine Corps with the students. These future leaders truly made us proud," stated Mr. King.
The program also included a reading of the USMC Commandant's 2013 Birthday Greetings to all Marines by Eagle's Trace resident, Colonel Ernest Buschhaus. In the message, General Amos noted that "throughout history, Marines have faced tough times and there will be more tough times ahead, but there is no challenge we cannot overcome if we remain honorable and always faithful to our Nation, our Constitution and each other. Happy Birthday, Marines!"
Following dinner, Mr. King was joined by Ben Cornthwaite, Executive Director of Eagle's Trace, to distribute limited edition plates by the Bradford Exchange to the residents in attendance.
Chief Warrant Officer Mike Lasyone, Ret., Senior Marine Instructor for the Marine Corps JROTC of Atascocita High School, gave the dismissal prayer.
"In celebrating the anniversary of the Marine Corps, I believe we've created a new tradition at Eagle's Trace that will endure for many years to come," noted Mr. King.
About Eagle's Trace: Eagle's Trace is one of sixteen continuing care retirement communities managed by Erickson Living. Located in Houston, Texas, the scenic 70-acre campus is home to more than 600 residents. Eagle's Trace is the ideal greater Houston retirement destination offering a true sense of community, convenience beyond compare and a sensible financial structure.