TWA Director, Barbara Woodbury, was the Guest of Honor at a Sunset Parade held at the Marine Corps War Memorial in Arlington, Virginia. This ceremonial parade was hosted by the Sergeant Major of the Marine Corps and Mrs. Estrada, who is a Marine in her own right.
The parade is a tradition that includes the renowned U. S. Marine Corps Band and the Corp's esteemed Silent Drill Team. This historic military ritual honors the patriotic spirit of all Americans and is one of the most popular summer events in our nation's capitol, as exemplified by the large crowd.
Also on hand to honor our enlisted Marines were: Attorney General and Mrs. Ashcroft; Congressman Cunningham; Governor Pete Wilson; Assistant Secretary of the Navy, the Honorable H.T. Johnson and Mrs. Johnson; Mrs. Pace, wife of Vice Chairman of the Joint Chiefs, General Pete Pace; Mrs. Jones, wife of General James L. Jones, Supreme Allied Commander of Europe; the Assistant Commandant of the Marine Corps, General Nyland; General and Mrs. Fulford, and many other distinguished Americans and heroes.
Ms. Woodbury, the daughter of two WWII Marines, was honored for the work she has done throughout the years for enlisted Marines and their family members. She remarked "...to be honored by those I consider to be the greatest heroes in the world today is overwhelming to me...” She went on to say, "I was born to the Corps. This honor ranks right up there with the night I became a Marine and the day I was born to two of the greatest Marines who ever lived." Marines have always been an inspiration to her. She smiled and said "do not tell Marines what can't be done. They will prove you wrong every time. Marines know what can be done....and they do it! It is their spirit and sense of fraternity that makes them unique and special Americans. It is what makes them 'no better friend, and no worse enemy'." She went on to say that she loves and admires her many, many friends in the other services, as well, but that they would understand that this was a night to honor our Marines, to honor our Corps.
We at TWA are proud of our men and women in uniform and all those who support them, most especially during this challenging war on terror. We stand united with our heroes, one and all.