Marines toasting birthday, Vets Day


— Marine Corps members both past and present and other military veterans are encouraged to join Friday in saluting the service and the people who have served.

On Friday, the U.S. Marine Corps celebrates its 225th birthday.

"It's been 225 years that we've been keeping the wolf away from the front door," Routt County Veterans Affairs service officer and retired Marine Sgt. Major Michael Condie said.

Condie said there are many former Marines in Routt County and he wants to invite them to celebrate the Corps. At 5 p.m. Friday, he will lead a toast at the Veterans of Foreign Wars post in downtown Steamboat Springs and said he hopes that all former Marines in the area will come.

The next day, Saturday, is Veterans Day and the VFW will hold its traditional 6 a.m. breakfast and 6 p.m. dinner to honor locals who served in a branch of the military.

Condie will participate in both activities. He encouraged the veterans who have never come to VFW events to participate in the Marine toast or the breakfast and dinner.

"There may be some guys out there that don't realize that someone is out there plugging for them," he said.

As well as getting all the veterans together to honor each other during the Marine Corps anniversary and Veterans Day, Condie wants to get as many veterans as possible to come forward and be recognized for their time and take advantage of special benefits they may have.

"They could get some legitimate perks from the Veterans Administration," he said.

Condie explained there are many health care benefits that are offered to veterans through the V.A. that, often, people don't know about.

"There are a lot of people out there that don't know that. That's one of the reasons that I have a passion for this job," he said.

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