The City of Laguna Hills adopted the 3rd Battalion, 5th Marine Regiment, of the 1st Marine Division. This infantry battalion, nicknamed "DARKHORSE" is based out of Camp Pendleton. Our mission is to provide encouragement, relief and comfort to the Marines/Sailors of the 3rd Battalion, 5th Regiment, 1st Division Marines and their families.
The 2010 deployment of the 3/5 Marines to Afghanistan was devastating--25 of our 3/5 Marines were killed and nearly 200 were seriously wounded. While this extraordinary loss made national news, it hit even harder closer to home. It motivated Team Darkhorse to do even more for the returning Marines and their families, as well as the families of the fallen.
Team Dark Horse has continued to build a mutually beneficial relationship with 3/5. Marine static displays of armament are present at the Laguna Hills Community Center every Memorial Day and 4th of July. Gold Star family members regularly attend the Memorial Day events that honor their sons. Marines who no longer serve on active duty continue to participate in Team Darkhorse sponsored activities. Wounded warriors are honored every year as the Grand Marshall of the Memorial Day races.