Carbon Glacier Young Marines

Red Ribbon Week

In Operations on August 12, 2010 at 10:00 pm

As part of the national effort to “stem the tide” of drug use, the National Defense Authorization Act of 1993 tasked the Secretary of Defense with the establishment of programs aimed at reducing the demand for illegal drugs. The U.S. Marine Corps’ response was to officially recognize the Young Marines, as the focal organization for the Marine Corps’ contribution to Youth Drug Demand Reduction efforts. The Carbon Glacier Young Marines are an IRS approved 501c(3) tax exempt youth educational organization. Every October we kick start Drug Demand Reduction, we call it the Red Ribbon Campaign. 

HISTORY OF THE RED RIBBON CAMPAIGN
Enrique (Kiki) Camarena was a Drug Enforcement Administration Agent who was tortured and killed in Mexico in 1985. Camarena worked his way through college, served in the Marines and became a police officer. When he decided to join the US Drug Enforcement Administration, his mother tried to talk him out of it. “I’m only one person”, he told her, “but I want to make a difference.”
The DEA sent Camarena to work undercover in Mexico, investigating a major drug cartel believed to include officers in the Mexican army, police and government. On Feb. 7, 1985, the 37-year-old Camarena left his office to meet his wife for lunch.  Five men appeared at the agent’s side and shoved him in a car. One month later, Camarena’s body was found. He had been tortured to death.
In honor of Camarena’s memory and his battle against illegal drugs, friends and neighbors began to wear red badges of satin. Parents, sick of the destruction of alcohol and other drugs, had begun forming coalitions. Some of these new coalitions took Camarena as their model and embraced his belief that one person can make a difference.

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