We were pretty lucky in 2019 with TWO Marines in attendance! And I have GySgt Machado to thank for that.
In September of this year our family unexpectedly lost a beloved uncle. As he was a Marine, the family had arranged for full Military Honors at his funeral. I played TAPS, always a daunting mission – but especially so when it is for family. I met the Honor Guard from Fort Devens that day, and in the months that followed, they called me every time they needed a live bugler.
So when I randomly mentioned our fundraiser, GySgt stepped up in true Marine style and volunteered himself, and another from the Guard.