May is the month of that national holiday, Memorial Day, when we remember the service and sacrifice of our military heroes. In Prince William, this strikes especially close because, as many of us who live here know, we are home to U.S. Marine Corps Base Quantico. Some of our nation’s heroes, and those who, in turn, serve them, live right among us.
In our May issue, we explore this connection. On page 4, contributing writer Emma Young highlights one of Prince William’s best-known secrets: the Town of Quantico, the only civilian town in the U.S. surrounded completely by a military base. Emma looks at the mutually beneficial relationship that has formed between U.S. Marine Corps Base Quantico and the town as each helps each other.
Just a stone’s throw from Quantico is the subject of this month’s “Local Flavor,” Tun Tavern, housed in the National Museum of the Marine Corps. The restaurant is the replica of the original Tun Tavern in Philadelphia, the birthplace, in 1775, of the Marines, according to legend. Read Cindy Brookshire’s story, on page 26, of how Tun Tavern gives those hungry for history a taste of its own and commemorates U.S. Marines famous for their service and sacrifice.
Also, learn why the Marine Corps motto is a fitting title for a group serving injured warriors. In “Giving Back,” on page 22, Amanda Causey introduces us to the Semper Fi Fund, a national not-for-profit organization, with an office in Quantico, that aids service members from all branches of the military in the transition home and offers ongoing resources to these returning heroes.
Like Quantico Town, Prince William Community Band is another local treasure that often flies under our radars, and serves military and civilian alike. In “On a High Note,” on page 10, writer Amy Falkofske shows how these men and women follow their joy as they make “Music by the People, for the People.”
And on Memorial Day, as we in Prince William join the rest of the nation in commemorating our military heroes, let’s think, too, of those warriors who live right here with us, and how we might honor and serve them.
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