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WHEREAS, the 1st Battalion 9th Marine Association is committed to preserving the memory, and paying tribute to those Marines who served bravely, putting service ahead of self each and every day; and

WHEREAS, the 1st Battalion 9th Marine Association elected to host their 2016 reunion in Reno, Nevada in order to salute the City of Reno and the great State of Nevada for their aid and assistance during a tragic training accident that occurred at the Hawthorne Army Depot in March 2013; and

WHEREAS, seven Marines lost their lives and other Marines and a Navy Corpsman were injured in this tragedy; and

WHEREAS, the 1st Battalion 9th Marine Association is dedicated to honoring and remembering all members of the Association who have given their lives selflessly serving our country including; Pfc. Joshua M. Martino, Lance Cpl. David P. Fenn II, Lance Cpl. Roger W. Muchnick Jr., Lance Cpl. Joshua C. Taylor, Lance Cpl. Mason J. Vandenuork, Lance Cpl. William T. Wild Wand Cpl. Aaron J. Ripperda who lost their lives at the Hawthorne Army Depot; and

WHEREAS, the 1st Battalion 9th Marine Regiment has a storied history dating to World War I where they, like Nevada, were Battle Born, and its history continues throughout World War II, the Vietnam conflict, and the Global War on Terrorism; and

NOW, THEREFORE, I, BRIAN SANDOVAL, GOVERNOR OF THE STATE OF NEVADA, do hereby proclaim  August 30, 2016 a day in honor of the



 Proclamation Seal Only                         Signatures of Governor Brian Sandoval, Barbara Cegaske & Cadence Matijevich