Meritorious Marine Program

Established by Charles Sooter

Each month, a 1st CEB Marine is selected by the Battalion to be honored by the City of Cerritos and receive a proclamation from the mayor or city council member. The Marine and his guest receive a complimentary overnight stay at the Cerritos Sheraton Hotel, as well as gift cards provided by local restaurants. They also receive tickets to the Cerritos Performing Arts Center (CCPA) or to an Angels baseball game. Their host takes them on a mini-tour of the Cerritos Civic Center, including the Library, Sculpture Garden and occasionally the Sheriff's Station. 

Meritorious Marine for February 2020


Mayor Naresh Solanki Presents Proclamation to Cpl Daniel Sanchez

Connie Edwards, Mickey Christiason, Elizabeth Kelley, Janet Beach (President - 1st CEB Adoption Committee), Mayor Naresh Solanki, Corporeal Danial Sanchez, Councilman Jim Edwards, Laurie Forward (VP - 1st CEB Adoption Committee), Chris Tierheimer, and Klaus Wohland.

Meritorious Marine for January 2020


Mayor Naresh Solanki Presents Proclamation to Cpl Tristan Steckl

Chung Vo (Candidate for City Council), Elizabeth Kelley (Treasurer 1st CEB Adoption Committee), Janet Beach (President of the 1st CEB Adoption Committee), Connie and Councilman Jim Edwards, Katelyn & Cpl Tristan Steckl, Mayor Naresh Solanki, Harish Solanki, and Laurie Forward (VP 1st CEB Adoption Committee).


Want to Host

a Meritorious Marine ?

Who may be a Host: Individual, Business or Community Organization


Time Involved: Approximately 1 1/2 hours


When: A Saturday morning


Cost: None

1. At 11:00 am, meet Chuck Sooter, Meritorious Marine Chair, and Meritorious Marine in the Sheraton Cerritos lobby


2. Chuck Sooter explains the events to the Meritorious Marine as the Host listens


3. Walk outside to the Fountain Court with Meritorious Marine, his/her guest and Chuck Sooter for Proclamation presentation at 11:30 am by one or more Cerritos City Councilmembers


4. As Host, be recognized in a separate photo with Meritorious Marine


5. Conduct a mini-walking tour of Cerritos Civic Center with Meritorious Marine and guest. Tour includes:

a. Veterans Memorial at Civic Center

b. Library with walk through each area

c. Tour of Cerritos Sheriff's station (if previously           arranged may be guided by a Deputy Sheriff)

d. Walk through Sculpture Garden

e. While seated in the Sculpture Garden with the

Meritorious Marine and guest, explain that this

concludes the formalities of the welcome to Cerritos.

Now Meritorious Marine and guest are free to enjoy

the remainder of their weekend in Cerritos.


Benefits of a Host:

Opportunity to personally meet and say thank you to a brave young man or woman who is in service to our country

Recognition as a volunteer in the community


How to be a Host: Contact Chuck Sooter, 562-860-8174