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City Urged to Adopt Local U.S. Marine Regiment

Published on Friday, November 22, 2013 | 1:57 am
Leonard Torres, Todd Moore of the Navy League, Bill Paparian, Lt. Col. Donald Wright, Sergeant Major David Lee

Joining a movement that has paired cities with U.S. Military Units since the 1960s, the Legislative Policy Committee recommended with strong support the Council to adopt the 2nd Battalion 23rd Marine Regiment on Wednesday.

The adoption of 2nd Battalion 23rd Marine Regiment will show Pasadena’s support for the men and women of the U.S. armed forces and particular commitment to this battalion of Marines. The adoption will become official if the full Council approves the resolution on Monday, November 25.

The City adopted the Pasadena Navy League 50 years ago and as a result of that relationship the USS Pasadena (SSN 752) a Los Angeles-class submarine, was the third ship of the United States Navy to be named for Pasadena, California.

Todd Moore of the Pasadena Navy League attended the Committee meeting representing their 300 members to support adoption of the Marines to “cement the ties.”

A committee of six including Former Pasadena Mayor Bill Paparian, Former Public Information Officer for the City of Pasadena Ann Erdman, Former Pasadena Mayor Bill Thomson, Harry Kurdoghlian, Anita Brenner, and Leonard Torres recently coordinated efforts for this adoption.

The 2nd Battalion 23rd Marine Regiment is a reserve infantry battalion that has its headquarters in Pasadena and participates in many local civic events. The active Marines live and work in the local area and will provide their services for color guards, Military Funeral Honors, and participate in the Toys for Tots program over the Holidays. The Marines consider themselves “Pasadena Marines.”

“We need to keep the Pasadena Marines in Pasadena. They are a tremendous asset to our community. They are another local employer. The Marines assigned there shop in our stores, buy gasoline in our gas stations, their children go to our schools. They participate in community activities whenever they’re called upon,” Bill Paparian said.

While the new relationship would provide moral support to the Marines especially in the case that the battalion is deployed, the relationship would also benefit the City. In the case of a disaster or emergency, the 2nd Battalion 23rd Marine Regiment would augment Pasadena’s resources for both planning and response.

“Pasadena wants to be known as a community that is tremendously grateful to young people in the service. This is an opportunity to turn the spotlight on the Marines and show our gratitude,” Mayor Bill Bogaard said.

In his support for the resolution, Councilmember Steve Madison referenced the three men from Pasadena in the service Marine Lance Cpl. Rogelio A. Ramirez, age 21, Army Spc. Adam J. Rosema, age 27, and Marine Lance Cpl. Sergio H. Escobar, age 18, who have fallen in the Iraq War.

Lt. Col. Donald Wright and Sergeant Major David Lee of the 2nd Battalion 23rd Marine Regiment also attended to express their full support of the adoption.


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