“Flag Day” Family Event in MacArthur Park

The MacArthur Museum of Arkansas Military History will present a family-oriented celebration of “Flag Day” on Saturday, June 12, beginning at 6:30 p.m. on the grounds at MacArthur Park in downtown Little Rock. Families are encouraged to bring picnic dinners. The event will include a free concert by the Little Rock Wind Symphony beginning at 7 p.m.  In the event of rain, the event will be held on Sunday, June 13.  Sponsors include Blue Bell Creameries which will provide free ice cream and Woodmen of the World which will provide free miniature American flags to those attending the event.  Veterans of all wars and branches will be honored at the concert.

“We are excited about this opportunity for families to celebrate Flag Day together in such a wonderful setting,” says Stephan McAteer, executive director of the museum.

In 1949, President Harry S. Truman declared June 14 as Flag Day commemorating that date in 1777 when the Continental Congress proposed a national flag for the United States. Each year the president proclaims the commemoration encouraging all Americans to fly the Stars and Stripes at their homes and places of business.

The MacArthur Museum of Arkansas Military History is a program of Little Rock Parks and Recreation, and was created to preserve and interpret the state’s military heritage from its Territorial period to the present. The museum preserves the contributions of Arkansas men and women who have served both in peacetime and in war. For more information, contact Stephan McAteer at 501-376-4602 or visit the museum’s website at www.arkmilitaryheritage.com

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AR Veterans Breakfast – Business Owner Opportunities

When: Tuesday, April 27th, 2010
Where: Statehouse Convention Center, Little Rock

If you are a veteran and a small business owner, you are invited to enjoy a continental breakfast and hear Mr. Tim Foreman, executive director of the Department of Veterans Affairs’ Center for Veterans Enterprise in Washington, D.C., discuss the VA Veterans Verification program.

VA has unique buying authority to support veteran-owned small businesses. Businesses wishing to benefit from VA’s Veterans First Contracting Program must agree to be verified. Only Verified Veteran-Owned Small Business or Service-Disabled Veteran-Owned Small Business (VOSB or SDVOSB) have the opportunity to compete for VA contracts under the Veterans First Contracting Program. The program defines priorities for contracting preferences within VA, placing SDVOSBs and VOSBs first and second, respectively, in satisfying VA’s acquisition requirements.

Click HERE to learn more and register for this event.

Published in: on April 6, 2010 at 21:08  Leave a Comment  

Dept Convention Guest Speaker Announced

The Department of Arkansas annual convention for the Marine Corps League is scheduled for May 14-15, 2010 in Conway, Arkansas. Faulkner County Detachment #1323 Commandant, David Dubois, announced today that Marine Colonel Patrick Ferral has accepted an invitation to be the guest speaker at the convention.

“We are very excited to have Col. Ferral for this year’s guest speaker,” commented Commandant Dubois. “Col. Ferral has had a distinguished Marine Corps career,” added Dubois, “His personal decorations include The Legion of Merit, three Bronze Stars and two Defense Meritorious Service Medals.”

Col. Ferral has recently relocated to Arkansas after accepting the position of MJROTC Senior Marine Instructor at Catholic High School for Boys in Little Rock, AR. To learn more about the colonel and meet him in person, MCL members need to contact your detachment for Dept 2010 convention registration forms or contact David Dubois at drdubois@gmail.com or by phone at 501.733.2592.

Published in: on April 1, 2010 at 20:29  Comments (1)  

Vietnam Portraits – MacArthur Museum

Today’s press conference marked the opening of Warriors: Vietnam Portraits by Two Guys from Hall at the MacArthur Museum of Arkansas Military History in Little Rock.

This exhibit focuses on the photographs taken by former Governor Jim Guy Tucker and Bruce Wesson during their tours in Vietnam. The exhibit runs through August 8, 2010.

MCL Deptartment of AR Judge Advocate, David Dubois, accompanied by Dub Allen, American Legion Department of Arkansas Adjutant and Stephen McAteer, Executive Director of the museum, viewed the exhibit prior to the press conference. “The exhibit was moving and very well done,” commented Dept J.A. David Dubois. “I highly recommend everyone passing through the Little Rock area to stop by and tour the MacArthur Museum. What a collection of history honoring those who served.”

The MacArthur Museum is located at 503 E. 9th Street in Little Rock and is open Tues – Fri, 0900 – 1600 | Sat 1000 – 1600 | Sunday 1300 – 1600

Published in: on March 4, 2010 at 14:06  Leave a Comment  

MCL Southern Division Conference

The Marine Corps League Southern Division 2010 Conference will be held in McAlester, Oklahoma on March 19-20. The Indian Nation Detachment along with Dept of OK are hosting this year’s conference.

Comfort Suites
650 S. George Nigh Expressway
McAlester, OK 74501
Tel: (918) 302-0001 (Ask for Marine Corps League rates)
$89.00 per double (2 bed) room.

Uniform of the Day:
Marine Corps League Covers

Friday, March 19th

  • 1630 – 2000 Registration ($5 per member)
  • 1630 – 2200 Hospitality Room
  • 2000 – 2130 Executive Meeting (Division Staff & Department Commandants)
  • Saturday, March 20th

  • 0800 – 0815 Colors
  • 0815 – 0900 Regular Meeting
  • 0900 – 0910 Break
  • 0910 – 1000 Continuation of Meeting
  • 1000 – 1010 Break
  • 1010 – 1130 Continuation of Meeting
  • 1130 – 1300 Lunch (On your own)
  • 1300 – 1350 Continuation of Meeting
  • 1350 – 1400 Break
  • 1400 – 1450 Continuation of Meeting
  • 1450 – 1500 Break
  • 1500 – 1600 Conclusion of Meeting & Adjornment

    There will be a Devil Dog Growl following the regular meeting

    Ken Watterson
    Southern Division Vice Commandant
    (214) 808-7144 – cell
    (972) 524-7026 – home

  • 2010 Department Leadership School

    The 2010 Department of Arkansas Leadership School will be held on Saturday March 13, 2010 at American Legion Post #1 in Little Rock. Registration will begin at 8:30 am with the first class starting at 9:00 am.

    Classes that will be presented are as follows:

  • Detachment Commandant
  • Detachment Junior Vice Commandant and recruiting
  • Detachment Paymaster
  • Detachment Chaplain and ceremonies for deceased Marines
  • Detachment Public Relations
  • Detachment Web Sgt. and MCL web site
  • Toys for Tots
  • Young Marines of the Marine Corps League
  • Marine Corps League uniforms
  • Other classes to be announced

    What each attendee should bring:

  • A copy of the Marine Corps League Guidebook for Detachment Officers
  • Pencil and notepad
  • Information that participates would like to share with others from their own experiences that can be used as reference during the classes such as newsletters, history albums, ceremonies, etc.

    The school will run from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm and lunch will be available at the Post. Click HERE for advance registration form and location of American Legion Post #1 in Little Rock.

    Randy Rigg
    Leadership Coordinator, Dept. of Arkansas, Marine Corps League

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