Our MISSION is simple - We RECONNECT and REUNITE the Marines and Sailors of Golf Company 2nd Battalion 4th Marines, who served together in combat over two deployments to Iraq. We strive to provide free or low cost reunions to bring these warriors back together every year at the final resting place of one of their fallen comrades.
By reconnecting every year, we are able to sustain the BONDS of BROTHERHOOD that were forged in COMBAT, and to share that bond with the Gold Star Families.
The mission started on the battlefields of central Iraq in a town called AR-RAMADI in 2004. The Marines and Sailors of Golf Company 2nd Battalion 4th Marines, callsign "JOKER," encountered some of the fiercest fighting of the war. A bond was formed between these warriors that would last a lifetime.
In 2006 many of the Marines of Golf 2/4 returned to Iraq, along with a NEW GENERATION OF JOKERS. This time to the Haditha Triad region of Al Anbar Province, Iraq.
After their tours of duty were concluded, these warriors established an annual ceremony where they celebrate the lives of their FALLEN BROTHERS on Memorial Day. Through the years this reunion has grown and evolved from a handful of guys, into as many as 130 veterans, family members, friends, and neighbors gathering to together in honor and remembrance.
We find the COMRADERY and BROTHERHOOD at these reunions provide an irreplaceable healing process, as so many of us continue to suffer the effects of PTSD.
These reunions provide an opportunity to HEAL, REBUILD the peer support networks, and have FELLOWSHIP among the veterans and their families.The families of the fallen, know as GOLD STAR FAMILIES, have the opportunity to embrace the brothers of their fallen loved one as members of their extended family, and to celebrate the life of person who made the ultimate SACRIFICE for this COUNTRY. .
In addition our reunions provide the communities that we visit to an opportunity to honor a fallen warrior from their own home town.
Richard Quill III
William "Billy" Warneke