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237th USMC Birthday Celebration & Boeing Company Announcement at the NMMC

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Published on Nov 28, 2012

Triangle, VA - The Marine Corps Heritage Foundation received a donation from Boeing on November 10, during the National Museum of the Marine Corps' annual cake cutting ceremony in celebration of the Marine Corps' 237th Birthday. The donation will sponsor the feature film which tells the Marine Corps' story from 1775 to today, to be featured in the National Museum of the Marine Corps' future state-of-the-art giant-screen theater. The funding of the big-screen film is another significant milestone in the Marine Corps Heritage Foundation's campaign to complete the construction of the Marine Corps Heritage Center, which includes the National Museum of the Marine Corps and Semper Fidelis Memorial Park.

Rick Stephens, Boeing senior vice president of Human Resources and Administration, and a U.S. Marine Corps veteran presented the donation to the Foundation. "Boeing's connection to the U.S. Marine Corps is one of teamwork and partnership, and we are proud to support the creation of a powerful and engaging film," said Stephens. "The film will highlight the Marine Corps' values and honor the courageous men and women who have embodied those values and protected freedom since the birth of the Corps. Through this production, Marines and non-Marines alike will have an opportunity to learn about and appreciate Marine Corps history and how it has shaped America."

"We are deeply grateful to Boeing for such a generous gift," said LtGen Robert R. Blackman, Jr., president and CEO of the Marine Corps Heritage Foundation. "Boeing understands the significance and importance of telling the Marine Corps' story from 1775 to today. Their gift is instrumental in helping the Foundation fulfill its mission to preserve and promote the history, traditions and culture of the Marine Corps. The film will be a significant and enriching element of the Museum, to be completed in 2017."

The donation is a significant step forward for the Foundation's campaign to raise the $64 million required to complete the Marine Corps Heritage Center. The Museum's exhibits currently document the history of the Marine Corps through the Vietnam War. The exhibits telling the story of Marines who have served since 1975 are scheduled to open in 2017.

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