Hugh MacRae II, President Emeritus of the Clan MacRae Society of North America and one its founders, was honored recently by the United States Marine Corps for his long-time support of the U.S. military, especially the Marine Corps and Navy, which have installations near his home in Wilmington, NC.
During a luncheon ceremony in Wilmington to celebrate his retirement from the Chairmanship of the Military Affairs Committee, Hugh reports "my good friend Major General Robert Dickerson, Commanding General of the Marine Corps Installations East, Camp Lejeune, gave me a citation and medal from the Navy Department and the Commandant of the Marine Corps. I thought that he had planned an honor for me, but this was far more than I expected."
The citation reads: "...for a lifetime of exceptional service and sustained dedication to the Marines and Sailors of Eastern Carolina while serving in a variety of civic leadership roles in Wilmington and New Hanover County, North Carolina. Mr. MacRae personally conceived, developed and led organizations and events that have directly benefited the military serving in this region. As a dynamic community leader and chairman of the Wilmington New Hanover County Military Affairs Committee for over thirty years, Mr. MacRae hosted thousands of service members at various locally-sponsored civic functions and festivals. Known as a full-time ambassador of goodwill and having respect for the Armed Services, he expanded his efforts outside this Nations borders by hosting events for the British Royal Navy, which resulted in Wilmington becoming a choice destination for Great Britain's Sea Service since 1979. Mr. MacRae's noteworthy actions and unwavering dedication to the military in North Carolina for more than half a century reflected great credit upon himself and were in keeping with the highest tradtions of the Marine Corps and the United States Naval Service.' (signed) James T. Conway, Commandant of the Marine Corps.
A few months later, during a promotion ceremony in Washington for a friend, Hugh had the pleasure of meeting and chatting with the Commandant himself.