As one of the Montford Point Marine’s Corporal John Tilghman prepares to join fellow Marines for a special recognition ceremony in the White House, he was recognized by Michael McMillan, License Collector of the City of St. Louis, at City Hall. Joining them was the President of the St. Louis Chapter of the Montford Point Marines Association and Central Regional Vice President, Officer Anthony Chestang. Mr. McMillan presented the award recognizing the Montford Point Marines for the history they already made in defending our nation; and for keeping African American pride alive in the minds of young people to carry on their legacy.
McMillan invited summer interns from RooseveltHigh School. Each student works in the Office of the License Collector and learn first hand lessons on work ethics, communication skills and customer service. They had an opportunity to meet Corporal Tilghman and ask questions. He engaged them in lively conversation with his inspiring stories of what it takes to survive. The students found his lively answers very informative. According to McMillan, “I want our interns to learn professional skills; and I also want them to be exposed to as many different experiences as possible. Getting a chance to meet a true history maker is a rare privilege for any of us. I enjoyed it as much as they did.“