Clinton, NJ (Hunterdon) – October 29, 2013
Last evening members of the Clinton First Aid & Rescue Squad congratulated and honored volunteer member Kevin Creech in a short ceremony, recognizing his recent graduation from the United States Marine Corps basic training. Kevin attended USMC’s Parris Island boot camp as part of the 3081 Platoon, India Company, 3rd Recruit Training Battalion, and graduated in a ceremony on the Island last Friday morning. PFC Creech was honored with the presentation of a 3-star Service Flag, a flag hung in honor of our 3 members currently serving in the armed forces. Along with LCPL TJ Cannan and LCPL Matt Wilson, also both volunteers with our organization out on military leave, Kevin has joined the Marines and will be receiving his initial orders within the next few days. This flag now proudly hangs above our apparatus bays, inside our community room.
PFC Creech was also presented with the CFARS Superstorm Sandy Challenge Coin last evening, in appreciation for his service to the Clinton area during the height of the storm 1 year ago tonight.
The US Service banner was designed in 1917 by a US Army Captain of the Fifth Ohio Infantry, in honor of his two sons who were serving in World War I. It was quickly adopted by the public and by government officials. In modern uses, an organization, such as ours, may fly a service flag if one of its members is serving active duty. Based on this, we now proudly display a 3-star Blue-Star Service Banner.
In addition to these 3 members, LCPL’s Cannan and Wilson, and PFC Creech, 2 recent past-members are also serving in the Marines and we’d like to also recognize them. LCPL Cein Strange and LCPL Jon Nace, who both resigned their positions with CFARS prior to enlistment, and both are actively serving.