Marines donate blood in memory of Lyanna Fernandez

November 05, 2020

Marines are more than warfighters on the battlefield, protecting and defending our nation and its freedom. The Marine Corps motto, “Semper Fidelis,” meaning, “always faithful,” represents the loyalty of every Marine to another and the faithfulness to stand together through every battle faced. Not every battle fought is on the frontline, some battles are fought within. No Marine gets left behind, so when one is down, his or her Marine brotherhood and sisterhood come together to help in the fight. Lyanna Fernandez, the daughter of Staff Sgt. Juan Fernandez, a recruiter with Recruiting Sub-Station Corona, Recruiting Station Riverside, passed away two months before her second birthday after fighting Leukemia…
May Goldman, middle, a volunteer with the San Diego Blood Bank, explains the blood donation paperwork to U.S. Marine Corps Col. Christian Ellinger, Inspector General with Western Recruiting Region and Col. Rob Hancock, Assistant Chief of Staff, WRR, during a blood drive in memory of Lyanna Fernandez at Marine Corps Recruit Depot San Diego, Oct. 7.