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Young Marines honor the dead.

By: Denny Trease
By: Denny Trease

Memorial Day and Armed Forces Day have come and gone this year, but at Lexington Cemetery Saturday there were memorial services conducted at the grave sites of 3 marines who paid the ultimate price.

Captain Reginald Underwood, Lance Corporal Sean Langley and Lance Corporal Chase Comely were remembered for giving their lives in service to their country.

Marine veteran Gary Havers told 27 NEWSFIRST, "We honor that sacrifice. We don't let our marines die in vain. We don't let them be forgotten."

Havers is the unit commander for the group that put on Saturday's ceremonies, the Young Marines, a youth education and service program designed for boys and girls ages 8 through high school. He says, "We strive to teach leadership qualities, good character, moral choices and a drug free life style."

The Lexington unit of the Young Marines is named after Captain Reginald Underwood who lost his life in the Persian Gulf War in 1991.
His mother, Pat Hafers, proudly says, "Reg was special. He was the last American killed in that war and the only Kentuckian killed in combat there."

After watching the memorial service, Hafers wiped away a tear as she said, "It means a lot to me that they've got this Captain Underwood Young Marine command which is such a tribute to Reg."

Lea Anne Box, the mother of a Young Marine, said she was impressed and inspired just by watching Mrs. Hafer during the ceremony. "I had tingles go up my spine. I had goose bumps because of what she allowed her son to do for our country. It was in part what I'm trying to do right now for my son in Young Marines. It will teach them courage, teach them how to be good citizens and excellent role models."

Here's hoping those Young Marines do grow up to model the same standards set by the men they honored on Saturday.


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