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Advocate, and Web Sergeant. T is organi- zation is composed of active and former Marines for the purpose of preserving traditions and promoting the interests of the United States Marine Corps. T ey provide many programs to help soldiers, veterans, and their families. One such program that is very important to the La Grange group is the Harvey D. Dannhaus Scholarship Fund. Set up by Harvey’s daughter, Katrina Dannhaus Packard, the scholarship assists La Grange High School students who exhibit strong academics, leadership qualities, and the fi nancial need to begin higher education. T e day that I requested an interview


with Ken, he was dressed in full uniform for a special Marine Corps League event—the Marine Corps Birthday Ball. T is event commemorates the offi cial birthday of the United States Marine Corps—November 10, 1775. During this event,


there are ceremonies and traditional observances,


Kenneth Mathis


such as a Remembrance Table for members who have passed away or have been killed in combat. One very special ceremony is the cake-cutting ceremony, which was formal- ized in 1952. T is ceremony mandates that the fi rst piece of cake must be presented to the oldest Marine present, and that the second piece of cake goes to the youngest Marine present. Ken Mathis and his band of brothers are


just a few of the many veterans across the country that we give thanks to for our freedom. •


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