Last weekend my husband and I attended the Marine Ball in Copenhagen to celebrate the Marine Corp’s 240th birthday. It’s a special yearly event where we recognize and honor the U.S. Marine Corps. This year, the party included a speech by the U.S. Ambassador to Denmark, Rufus Gifford, a cake-cutting ceremony, and a message from the Commandant of the Marine Corps, General Robert B. Neller.
We were all seated at round tables of eight. However, there was one table that was different—a table just for one that was left empty. It’s set in remembrance of the Marines who have lost their lives in service. The place setting had the dinner plate facing downwards to remind us that these Marines are no longer here with us.
The U.S. Marines’ purpose really moves me and I would like to share it with you.
Missions have changed over the years, but what has remained constant since November 10, 1775 is our unyielding commitment to protecting the lives of our citizens and the interests of our nations. Our purpose, by congressional mandate, is to be this nation’s rapid response force; we are thus called to be “most ready when the nation is least ready.” From humanitarian relief efforts to combat operations; from air, land, and sea to every clime and place, the Marine Corps is ready to answer our nation’s call (www.marines.com).
The Marines are incredible and I feel lucky to have them protecting us along with the Air Force, Army, and Navy. We have marines at the U.S. Embassy here in Denmark. Their job at the Embassy is to provide security for everybody who works there and visits. They’re there protecting us 365 days a year, 24 hours a day. Thank you to the U.S. Marines for all they do here in Copenhagen and all over the world in places we don’t even know about.
On a lighter note, I needed a dress for this Marine Ball. The Marines don’t have to worry about this. They have very sharp looking uniforms and wear those! I had a hard time finding something to wear. After days of shopping in Denmark and attempting to shop online, I realized I was out of stores and out of time!
I decided to call someone named Troels Uldall who was recommended to me for tailoring my wedding dress back in July. He’s also a designer, so I set up a time to talk to him about possibly making a dress for me to wear to the Marine Ball.
Troels talked to me about what I might like. We picked some material and he sketched a drawing of the dress. Sha-bam! We were on our way! I don’t enjoy shopping. So it was pretty great to talk to someone who then put my few thoughts onto paper and produced a beautiful dress after just a few fittings. He built the inside of the dress so it actually stays on and up. Ladies, you know how important this is!
Here’s a “before” picture during a fitting and an “after” picture from the Marine Ball. The “after” picture is the one where it doesn’t look like I did my hair with an egg beater.
Happy Birthday, U.S. Marine Corps. Semper Fi.