12 November 2012

Standing for the Fallen on Veteran's Day

Thank you Standing for the Fallen and the Marine Corps League in Lafayette, Indiana for your ongoing support of our patients at Landstuhl. Semper Fi!

Veterans stand for hours to raise money for wounded soldiers
Published : Sunday, 11 Nov 2012, 6:27 PM EST
Holly Campbell

LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) - Marine Corps. League member Mark Dolfini was just one Marine standing at attention at the intersection of Highway 26 and Creasy Lane Sunday afternoon.

"We come out here, we stand at attention from four to sometimes 24 hours at a time," Dolfini said.

The event is called Standing for the Fallen. The Marines are raising money to buy supplies for wounded warriors receiving treatment at the Landstuhl Regional Medical Center in Germany.

"Pretty basic things. Things like calling cards, sweatpants, good quality shaving razors, and shaving cream. Things that we provide for them so that they don't have to worry about it when they get there," Dolfini said.

The Marines took turns standing in front of the American and Marine Corps flags for a total of 6 and a half hours. Dolfini said helping provide wounded heroes with the supplies they need is why he is Standing for the Fallen.

"To a guy like me, a veteran, it's everything," Dolfini said about the opportunity to give back. "None of this would matter if it wasn't for our guys keeping us safe and it's only seven percent of the population that does this and people don't realize how few people are actually keeping us safe, so to me it's everything."

Fellow Marine Corp League member Bob Mantle said he's here for the same reason.

"Help out my fellow Marines and other services and the needs that they need when they get off the line injured or whatever so they can get these supplies and make them more comfortable," Mantle said.

Donations and supplies collected will go to the Soldiers Angels group at hospital in Germany.

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