"Once a Marine, Always a Marine:" Oak Crest to partner with Marine Corps League for 236th Anniversary Celebration of U.S. Marine Corps

Oldest and youngest Marines to be recognized...from Iwo Jima to the Persian Gulf

PARKVILLE, MD---On November 10, 1775, Captain Samuel Nicholas formed two battalions of Continental Marines in Philadelphia as Naval Infantry.  From then until today, the United States Marine Corps has bravely defended our nation. To celebrate the 236th Anniversary of the United States Marine Corps, retired and former Marines who are residents and staff of Oak Crest retirement community will gather together with the Marine Corps League on November 8th, 2011 at the Acorn Pub. Many will be wearing their "Dress Blues."  Following opening remarks and the playing of the Marine Corps Hymn, attendees will cut a birthday cake with a ceremonial sword.  The cake will first be shared by the youngest Marine in attendance and the oldest Marine in attendance, Iwo Jima veteran Joe Wetchy. As a precursor to Veterans Day, many stories will be shared by the Marines in attendance as well as interesting photo ops. WHAT: 236th Anniversary Celebration of United States Marine Corps WHEN: Tuesday, November 8th, 3pm-3:30pm WHERE: Oak Crest retirement community Acorn Pub located in Crestview Station 8820 Walther Boulevard Baltimore, MD 21234 For more information, please contact Jeff Getek, public affairs manager, at 410-456-9809. About Oak Crest: Oak Crest, managed and developed by Erickson Living, is a retirement community that provides worry-free living for America's seniors-the country's fastest growing population segment.  Erickson Living's financial value and predictable monthly service fees provide residents across the country financial peace of mind.  Comprehensive health and wellness services, integrated into our continuum of care, lead to demonstrated resident benefits.  A robust complement of resident programs and facilities promote an engaged, fulfilling lifestyle that is reflected in resident satisfaction levels that exceed the industry average.  And the company's wide-ranging employee programs have earned Erickson Living numerous awards, including Fortune magazine's "Best Companies to Work For®" in 2008 and 2009.