Anderson, S.C. – 106 volunteers spent their Saturday at Equinox Park in Anderson, S. C. beautifying the Vietnam Memorial and cleaning up the playground and park.
Marines and poolees from Marine Corps Recruiting Substation Anderson brought over 30 volunteers to help with the brush and trash clean up. Members from the National Guard, United Way, youth volunteers and other community members spent their Saturday cleaning up the park and Vietnam Memorial.
Volunteers removed brush, park and road trash clean up, mulch placement, and planted flowers next to the Vietnam Memorial.
Brandy Singleton, director, Anderson County, Ameri Corps, said they were extremely happy with all the work that was done on Saturday.
“We are actually seeing results and getting things done,” said Singleton.
The goal of the project was to make a safer environment for the community and the children who are close to the park, as well as make sure veterans and the community are able to visit the Vietnam Memorial.
The Marines from Marine Corps Recruiting Station Anderson thought it would be a great opputunity to show their poolees what being a Marine is about.
“We make Marines, we win our nations battles and we create and return quality citizens,” said Staff Sgt. JonMichael McCrann, station commander, Marine Corps Recruiting Substation Anderson. “Part of the return of quality citizens is having people who are involved in their community and will to make a difference.”
For many of the poolees it was their first time doing a volunteer event with the Marines.
Natasha Hall, graduate, West Side High School and Anthony Miller, graduate, Easley High School said this was the first event they had been to and they really enjoyed being able to give back to their community.
“It’s great that we can partner and all be a part of a community, even if we all aren’t from it,” said Singleton. “We were able to come together and do what was best for the community. We all serve this community that we are currently living in and are working to improve it.”
McCrann hopes his poolees take what they learned from Saturday’s event and apply it to when they are Marines.
“I want them to learn to give back to all the people who have gone before them,” said McCrann. “They gave so much. While the poolees volunteer they are starting their journey on giving back. I didn’t want that process to wait until they went to bootcamp, they can start volunteering now and they have been.”
Story by Sgt. Tabitha Bartley