Bossier City, La (KMSS) — "From this day forward, I sincerely promise, I will set an example for all other youth to follow and I shall never do anything that would bring disgrace of dishonor upon God, my Country and its flag, my parents, myself or the Young Marines. These I will honor and respect in a manner that will reflect credit upon them and myself. Semper Fidelis."
That is the Young Marines Obligation, and for over 50 years, since the creation of the Young Marines program has said "God" in it. However, now that reference to God has caused the Bossier Sheriff's Office to be denied a $15,000 grant from the Federal Department of Justice.
The DOJ told Bossier Sheriff Julian Whittington he could have the grant, if he took out the use of God in the obligation, but Whittington refused, and it seems many agree with his decision.
On America's birthday, the Bossier Sheriff's Office held a "In God We Trust" rally to show support for the national motto. Hundreds came to support the Sheriff, including Governor Bobby Jindal. Congressman Fleming and State Representative Jeff Thompson were also on hand to support the sheriff in his decision.
The state officials spoke on why they disagreed with the DOJ's decision and received rounds of applause, but it was Sheriff Whittington who brought tears to many of the people in the audience, when he told a story of one on the Young Marines. Every year, the Young Marine works a summer job, and generally gives 10% of what she earns back to her church. This year, however, she wanted to give that 10% to the Young Marines, to help raise funds so that it's not discontinued or canceled.