YM/Sgt Elijah J. Lapinskes written 10/2/19
On August 9, 2019 our unit, Capital City Young Marines traveled to the Blue Ridge Mountains, and spent a weekend having tons of fun. We camped at Roan Mountain State Park, TN and hiked the beautiful area. We rode horses and visited the Hebron Rock Colony falls. While traveling in and out of North Carolina and Tennessee we had plenty of time on the road, in our van or “toaster” as we called it. We had plenty of opportunities to talk and get to know each other better. The mountains offered up lots of good views and prompted us to stop talking and enjoy where we were.
We concluded the fantastic trip with a four hour drive back to Raleigh, filled with singing. Though the singing was sometimes intolerable, it brought us together. It gave us the comradery that makes us Capital City Young Marines, whether participating in a parade, doing PT, or when we're just riding in the “toaster”. The life lasting friendships Young Marines offers is second to none. I can truly say I am as proud as anyone to be a part of my unit and The Young Marines.
YM/Sgt blythe Waters, August 13, 2019
I am YM/Sgt Waters, B. and this was my experience at Washington, D.C. for the first time.
On Memorial Weekend (2019), ten Young Marines from my unit, Capital City Young Marines, traveled to Washington, D.C. for the National Memorial Day Parade. On Memorial Day, we were able to visit Arlington Cemetery. At the cemetery, we witnessed the transition from one soldier’s shift to another’s in order to guard the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier. This was a truly amazing experience. It was incredible to see how disciplined the soldiers were. Before we left Arlington, we were able to split up into twos and lay the flags and flowers we were given during the tour, on a tombstone of our choice. As we laid the flags and flowers down we saluted each soldier’s grave and honored them with a moment of silence.
After lunch, we headed to the National Memorial Day Parade. After some walking, we arrived at the area where we waited for the parade to begin. I was excited to see so many other Young Marines from different units. The Young Marines from my unit and other units were able to meet one another and talk to each other. I had the pleasure of meeting Division 2 Young Marine of the Year (at the time) YM/SgtMaj Macie Ross, and others from the LCpl Caleb John Powers Unit. The Young Marines were shown where they would be positioned, and the parade began. It was incredible to be in the parade and to represent Young Marines as well as my unit. I learned a lot from this trip and really enjoyed it! Thanks to everyone who made this trip possible!
ym/pvt alexandra clark, Sept. 18th, 2019
This article is also published in our Young Marine Espirit magazine, Volume 4, 2019.
My name is Pvt. Clark, Alexandra, and I am 10 years old. The Young Marines is a great place for discipline and respect, but we also have fun, too.
In August 2019, The Capital City Young Marines had an awesome trip to Roan Mountain in Tennessee.
The trip lasted through the weekend, and had many activities. In the first evening, we set the tents and the camp and we got rest while we took turns for firewatch. Early in the morning, we woke up and did P.T. and got ready for our adventures. First we went to a farm called Banner Elk Stables to go horseback riding. We learned to ride the horses and also to use a lasso.
After we left the farm, we went back to the camp and played lots of games. In the afternoon, we went hiking on Roan Mountain, and in the evening we had a bonfire.
The next day, in the morning, we did P.T., and then we took down the camp. Later, we went on a hike, and we got to a Hebron Colony Falls where we played in the water and we had lots of fun. This was a very nice way to end the beautiful trip.
Being in the Young Marines is very good because it teaches us a lot of good things and
discipline, but also we can have lots of fun.
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