About Garth Christie
- Township Clerk

Garth Christie

Garth Christie is a life-long resident of Redford and an honor graduate from Thurston High School, the University of Michigan Dearborn (B.A.), and Wayne State University (J.D.). He is a member in good standing of the State Bar of Michigan.

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Additional study sessions if necessary:

  • Wednesday, March 20, 2013, 5:30 P.M.
  • Thursday, March 21, 2013, 5:30 P.M.
  • Saturday, March 23, 2013, 9:00 A.M.


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January 8 and 22
February 12 and 26
March 12 and 26
April 9 and 23
May 14 and 28
June 11 and 25
July 9 and 23
August 13
September 10 and 24
October 8 and 22
November 12 and 26
December 10

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Feature Story

Citizenship - November 2013
     by Garth Christie, MMC


The month of November is dear to Marines in particular and veterans in general because we celebrate two important holidays this month. My fellow Jar Heads and I will celebrate the birth of our Corps on the 10th, and then all veterans will observe Veterans' Day on the 11th. These are storied, hallowed and cherished dates; however, this was not always the case.

Marine tradition holds that our Corps was born in Tun's Tavern, Philadelphia on November 10, 1775, after the Continental Congress resolved to raise two battalions of Leathernecks. A technique of military recruiters of that era was to offer an unsuspecting volunteer a tankard of ale with a gold coin in it. If it was accepted, it was deemed that payment was also accepted and a tipsy patron could discover that he enlisted in the military. There is no evidence that this ploy was used by the first Marine recruiters, however, our birth place gives us food for thought, and to this day, Devil Dogs are wary of Marines in blue trousers.

After America won our independence from Great Britain, the Marine Corps, along with our sister and co-equal branch, the Navy, were eviscerated by the Continental Congress. On July 11, 1798, President John Adams signed a bill re-establishing our Corps, so that date was considered the birthday of the USMC until 1921. Then, the Commandant of the Marine Corps, Major General John Lejuene officially forgave the Continental Congress for their lapse and November 10th has been celebrated as our official birthday by Jar Heads and sailors all over the globe ever since.

The official day for Veterans' Day has gone through similar transfigurations. Our World War I allies, France and Great Britain began the tradition in 1920; two years after the horrible guns finally fell silent on the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month, marking the end of the war to end all wars. Originally called Armistice Day, it was a time to celebrate the renewal of world peace and life after so much war and death.

In 1954, this holiday was renamed Veterans' Day to honor all veterans alive or dead of all wars past and present and most importantly for the armistices they forged. In 1968, the barbeque crowd won a temporary victory and this holiday was moved to the 4th Monday in October. The meaning of Veterans' Day, like that of Memorial Day was lost in the allure of a long weekend party until 1978, when it was changed back.

In addition to Veterans' or Armistice Day, the aftermath of World War I inspired the Veterans Re-employment Rights and Soldiers' and Sailors' Civil Relief Acts, as well as, the treaty famously known as the Geneva Protocol, which prohibits the use of asphyxiating, poisonous gases and bacteriological weapons. World War I saw the large-scale use of chemical and biological weapons by a nation-state for the first time. Their ghastly indiscriminate affects resulted in a moral aversion to their use in all western civilization. Only a few months ago, this aversion collided with Syria's desperate attempt to subjugate its denizens.

Because our nation is at war, it is especially important to consider the reminder of General Douglas MacArthur, "the soldier, above all, prays for peace, for he must suffer and bear the deepest wounds and scars of war." Let us all join with our veterans and pray for the next armistice. Veterans, above all, pray for peace because veterans suffer and bear the deepest wounds and scars of war.



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