Matthew Lembke Scholarship Fund

by dale

The Matthew Lembke Scholarship Fund has more than $16,000 in it! The first two (yearly) scholarships to Oregon colleges will be awarded in April of this year. We have a whole lot of people to thank for that – many people have given so generously, it has been truly amazing. All this money will all go to very good use. The major fundraiser is “Matt’s Run” which will again be part of the Tualatin Chamber of Commerce festivities the “Regatta Race” in the fall.

Thank you all for being part of this and remembering him,

Dale & Claudia & Carolyn

Hawaii Medal of Honor

by dale

I have attached a letter from the Hawaiian legislature about an upcoming ceremony to honor Matthew (and all the fallen from this year). We’re not likely to make it there for the ceremony, but, we would sure go if we could. He has some friends over there and we may see if they will stand in for us.

It’s great that they want to recognize and honor these brave men; their achievements and sacrifices. It means a great deal to the families.

Take care & Have a Great Day,

Dale

(see Photoblog for invitation)

October 5k Run Video

by manager

Here is a link to a video of the 5K run that was held in October to benefit the scholarship fund in Matt's memory. It was a fun event and a pretty good turn out for it's first year. http://tualatintv.com/

People Magazine

by marybeth

Hi everyone, just thought I would drop a note letting you know that the latest issue of People has a tribute to our fallen heroes, Matt is listed on page 157. I realize we don't all need another list of names to read, but I am pleased that this magazine has decided our troops are worth remembering. more so than the celebrity trash we hear so much about.

I hope you all have a Joyful Christmas and a Happy New Year.

I love you all,

MB

Memorial Service

by claudia

We wanted to let everyone know how the memorial service went on Tuesday. There were 9 Marines and one Navy Corpman lost during this deployment and about 1000 Marines gathered with the families of the 10 men to honor them. The five companies within the battalion stood at attention as the boots, rifle, helmet and dog tags of the fallen men were presented along side a poster size picture of each of the 10. Prayers were said and eulogies read but the most poignant part of the ceremony was the roll call. The names of a few in the battallion were called out and they answered, then they started calling the names of the 10 departed men. Cpl. Lembke . . . . . Cpl. Matthew Lembke . . . . . Cpl. Matthew R. Lembke . . . . . . and then silence since he was not there to answer. It was a very moving and powerful way to end the service. Then the families were invited to pay tribute to their loved one's boots, rifle, helmet and dog tags memorial followed by the Marines from their platoon.

Next we were escorted to the Marine memorial near the front gate of the base for a brick laying ceremony. The memorial is a replica of the Marine memorial in Washington D.C. which depicts the flag raising at Iwo Jima. There has been a brick inscribed with each man's name, rank and date and the bricks have been layed on the courtyard surrounding the memorial. We were also presented with an identical brick to take home.

It has been a very emotional trip and we stayed on the base for the first half of the week but now we have moved to Turtle Bay which is where we stayed last time we came to visit Matt. We fly back on Sunday but we plan to get together again with some of the guys at least one more time before we leave.

(see picures in photoblog)

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