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Marine Corps League Department hosts convention

Event took place April 30 and May 1 in Worthington

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WORTHINGTON — For the first time, the Marine Corps League Department of Minnesota Convention was hosted in Worthington.

The Marine Corps League Buffalo Ridge Leathernecks Detachment 1463 hosted its first Marine Corps League department convention on April 30 and May 1. The Buffalo Ridge Leathernecks Detachment 1463 of Worthington was formed in 2018.

The Department of Minnesota convention began the evening of April 30 with an auction of items at the Comfort Suites and Conference Center. The proceeds from the auction went toward assisting veterans, supporting the Buffalo Ridge Young Marines and Nobles County Toys for Tots, local scholarships and supporting the community through various donations.

On the morning of May 1, a memorial was hosted at Freedom Veterans Memorial Park for Marine Corps League members that died the previous year. Following the memorial, the department met to discuss state business and elect and install the new state officers. Detachment member Dan Harrington was elected to Department Senior Vice Commandant, and Bill Wittenberg was appointed as Department Sergeant at Arms.

A formal banquet took place later that evening.

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The mission of the Marine Corps League is to promote the interest and to preserve traditions of the United States Marine Corps; strengthen the fraternity of Marines and their families; serve Marines, FMF Corpsmen, and FMF Chaplains who wear or who have worn the Eagle, Globe and Anchor; and foster the ideals of Americanism and patriotic volunteerism. For more information, call Gary Stewart at 360-3171.

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