Dear Chaminade Family,

My strong connection to Chaminade High School goes back to a life-changing experience I had over 50 years ago when I was a 22-year-old lieutenant in the Vietnam War.

During the Tet Offensive of 1968, one of my platoon, 19-year-old Lance Corporal Guido Farinaro, Chaminade Class of 1967, was tragically killed in action. Guido was the first Marine under my command to lose his life in defense of his country. The lessons I learned from the events of that day shaped the course of my 40-year military career in addition to my private life.

On December 7, 2018, more than 50 years later, I visited Chaminade to share the story of Guido and the importance of faith, honor, and integrity in a confusing and rapidly changing world. I also spent some time expressing to the young men my strong belief in the spiritual and educational mission of Chaminade and their duty to uphold the guiding principles of this important institution. Next Wednesday a video will be released highlighting my presentation to the student body.

My family and I have committed to endow a memorial scholarship in Guido’s name and have additionally pledged to match, dollar-for-dollar, up to $100,000 in donations made to the 2019 Torch Fund during the “Take the Lead” challenge campaign.

I hope that you will join me and the entire Flyer family in supporting this 32-hour giving challenge starting on Wednesday, May 15 at noon.

Fortes in Unitate,

Gen. Peter Pace, USMC (Ret.)