Oct 312012

By Naomi Hatch
“The mission of the Young Marines is to positively impact America’s future by providing quality youth development programs for boys and girls, that nurtures and develops its members into responsible citizens who enjoy and promote a healthy, drug-free lifestyle,” states the Eastern Mountains Young Marines of Arizona mission statement.
At the Oct. 23 Snowflake Town Council meeting, two local Young Marines demonstrated these goals as they posted the flags and then gave each council member and those in the audience a red ribbon, which Kyle Feemster asked everyone to “please wear every day throughout October to show your visible commitment in the war against illegal drugs and those that promote their use.”
Feemster told the story of Enrique “Kiki” Camarena, a marine and Drug Enforcement Agency agent who was abducted, tortured and murdered by drug lords in 1985. Camarena had a vision of a drug free America and in his honor, the last week of October is known as Red Ribbon Week to celebrate his life and vision.
“Please, wear your red ribbon, do your part, show your support and let’s work to rid our communities of illegal drugs and those that deal them,” said Feemster.
Justin Cheney spoke briefly to the council, promoting a drug free community.
Commanding Officer Rick Schmidt said that the Young Marines have taken a pledge to stay alcohol and drug free, as well as gang free. “This is a program that they believe in very strongly,” he said.
Young Marines will be distributing red ribbons at schools this week.
For more information, go online to www.youngmarinesaz.com.

Photo by Naomi Hatch
Justin Cheney (standing, left) and Kyle Feemster (right) represented the Young Marines at the Oct. 23 Snowflake Town Council meeting. They were accompanied by Ayden Feemster (front).