2009-01-23 / Letters

Friends of Mike Glover

Dear Editor,

We would like to take this time to wish you all a Happy New Year and to share some information about an exceptional man, Lance Corporal Mike Glover, USMC. Mike was a loving member of his large and extended family, who was born in Rockaway and grew up here during his high school years. He graduated near the top of his class as an A+ student at Xavier High School in Manhattan's Chelsea neighborhood. He then went on to graduate from SUNY Albany with a 4.0 G.P.A. All the while he patrolled Rockaway's beaches as a lifeguard for the NYC Department of Parks. "Glover," as he was affectionately known to his countless friends, had decided to pursue a career in law and was enrolled at Pace University Law School. Inspired by the death of his close friend, Charlie Heeran, our numerous neighbors and members of the FDNY from our hometown of Rockaway Beach, NY who were killed in the September 11 attack on the World Trade Center, Mike joined the United States Marine Corps to fight for his countrymen.

Mike received the Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal for conducting numerous rescue missions in New Orleans in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina when he traveled at his own expense to Louisiana to help those most effected. He volunteered to engage in combat duty in Iraq before he was ordered to do so by his superiors. Glover was always willing to put other people before himself, no matter what the circumstances. Lance Cpl. Mike Glover, USMC, was tragically Killed In Action while on patrol in Fallujah, Iraq on August 16, 2006. To help keep his memory alive, the Friends of Mike Glover have established a scholarship in his name to be awarded annually to a student at Xavier High School who resides on either the Rockaway Peninsula or in Broad Channel. Xavier has further recognized the exceptional sacrifice Mike has made as a true exemplification of Xavier's Jesuit Motto of "Men for Others," by creating the LCpl. Michael Glover '97 Medal, which will be awarded annually during graduation ceremonies to a Xavier senior that best defines Mike's selfless characteristics.

While we realize that the economic climate during this New Year has changed drastically since last year, we ask you to please help us in our efforts to carry on Mike's honorable life and his love of Xavier High School by becoming a donor to the Lance Corporal Mike Glover '97 Scholarship Fund. We are currently soliciting donations of financial support as well as goods and services, which are TAX DEDUCTIBLE, for our SECOND ANNUAL FUNDRAISER AND SILENT AUCTION to be held at Xavier High School on Saturday, January 24, 2009. TO PURCHASE TICKETS TO OUR EVENT OR TO DONATE PLEASE VISIT US AT WWW.FRIENDSOFMIKEGLOVER. COM. Thank you for your support.


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