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Marines from the 1st Marine Corps District pose for a photo with students and staff, Dec. 21, 2015 at Saint Anne’s School. The event gave the children an opportunity to speak to active duty service members face to face. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Brandon Thomas)

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Marines bring Christmas cheer

29 Dec 2015 | Cpl. Brandon Thomas 1st Marine Corps District

 Garden City, NY, --Marines from the 1st Marine Corps District area took part in a special opportunity to share their experiences with youths from the Garden City, NY, Dec. 21, as part of a community outreach program.

Seven Marines visited Saint Anne’s School to reach out to students and answer questions about what it’s like being a Marine.

“We answered all sorts of questions ranging from what Marines eat to how it feels being away from home on the holidays,” said Cpl. Anjia Roberts, an administration specialist with the district.

There is a misconception that Marines are like robots and just do what they are told, Roberts explained. This was an opportunity to show them that Marines are normal people just like them who like to enjoy the holidays and visit their family.

Students also took this opportunity to share their thoughts and feelings with the service members by reading letters they had written to them for Christmas.

“I have never met you, but you are a true hero you and all the other men and women who have put your lives on the line to protect your country,” said Michael, a 6th grader at Saint Anne’s School.

“I know there is a lot of evil in the world, but then I think we have brave men and women just like you. Good always beats evil.”

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