MARINES' BELLS OF FREEDOM EVENT AT CAMP PENDLETON
Every year you have an opportunity to "Adopt a Family" from Camp Pendleton. You make your donation and then Camp Pendleton gets the presents based on how many members in the family, genders, and ages.
Alexandra Dwek and I drove to Camp Pendleton to meet our families on a gorgeous Sunday. The event takes place at their Camp on the water in a hangar where amphibious tanks are stored. As far as the eye can reach, men, women and children are seated across the whole compound, row by row.
The families are so young, and as you talk to them, each military person, male or female, had special reasons to join the Marines. They want a better life--education, stability, service for the greater good, and benefits. They believe in America and its military system and they are willing to risk their lives.
|Looking into the hangar of families|
|the happy families|
|Santa arrived by tank|
|Rows of these amphibious tanks are parked at the ready|
|My family, the Johnsons--both are in the Marines|
|Front of Marine building at the base by the sea|