Columbia River Young Marines return to duty at the state Capitol

Members of The Columbia River Young Marines served as the color guard Wednesday as the Legislature convened a joint session for the 2011 State of the Judiciary Address. This was the second year the group has presented the colors prior to  daily proceedings in the state House chamber. The contingent from the Tri-Cities was again hosted during its visit by Rep. Brad Klippert, R-Kennewick.

“Leadership, honor, character and commitment are the standards that guide these outstanding young people,” said Klippert. “I'm honored to have them here at the Capitol, and am equally proud they're an active and vital part of the Tri-Cities community.”

The Young Marines is a youth education and service program for boys and girls ages eight through completion of high school. Since it was launched in 1958, the organization has grown to more than 300 units throughout the U.S, with a membership of about 14,000. The Columbia River Young Marines is one of four units in Washington.

The Northwest regiment comprises Washington, Oregon, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, Utah, Arizona, California and Hawaii.

According to the Young Marines' Web site, www.youngmarines.com, the program focuses on the mental, moral, and physical development of its members, and promotes a healthy, drug-free lifestyle.

For more information, contact: Bill Taylor, Senior Information Officer: (360) 786-7074

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Representative Klippert with The Columbia River Young Marines

Photo: Rep. Brad Klippert with Columbia River Young Marines color guard. Unit advisers: S. Parker (left) and B. Carlson, (right).

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