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October 26, 2012

Marine Corps celebration planned for 237th birthday

NORMAN — What started out as a celebration among friends from a Sunday school class has now blossomed into a Norman tradition.

The Marines of McFarlin Memorial United Methodist Church are planning its annual Christian celebration of Marine traditions for the Marine Corps’ 237th birthday from 6-8 p.m. on Nov. 8 in Fenn Hall. Dress is casual.

One of the founding members of the McFarlin celebration, Joe P. Sanders, explains that the first celebration only had about three members.

“It was started strictly for ourselves. We got together at a home, but then we got too big and had to move it to the church,” Sanders said. “After it moved to the church, we felt we should open it up to more. I would love to have all the Marines in Norman come.”

In it’s 14 year, the McFarlin celebration is open to all Marines, former Marines and those of other services who have served in Marine units.

The evening will include a dinner, a guest speaker and the ceremony will center around a cake cutting.

The cost for the celebration is $12.50 each, however, there is no cost for active duty military. Those interested in attending the celebration are asked to make reservations before Nov. 3. Payment can be sent to Sanders, 4007 Gyrfalcon Drive, Norman, OK 73072-8185. Sanders asks that participants include their name, address and phone number with payment.

Those attending are invited to bring a new, unwrapped toy for the Marine Corps Reserve’s Toys For Tots campaign.

For more information, call Sanders at 294-0033.

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