Wetherbee to be Honored

Wetherbee to be Honored

<bt>First Lieutenant Alexander E. Wetherbee, USMC, will be honored at the McLean High School/Potomac School Boy's Lacrosse game on Saturday, April 2 at 5 p.m. at McLean High School. Lieutenant Wetherbee was killed in action on September 12, 2004 while serving in Anbar Province in Iraq. Wetherbee was a Platoon Commander leading a unit from the 3rd Assault Amphibian Battalion, 1st Marine Division, 1st Marine Expeditionary Force, near Falluja.

Alex Wetherbee was a four-year starter for the McLean Highlanders Boys Lacrosse team. He was co-captain of the team his senior year in 1995. His fellow players and coaches remember him as a teammate who was dedicated to the improvement of both the team's efforts and his own skills. He started playing lacrosse in the McLean Youth League and continued to play in college. While attending the University of Idaho, where he graduated in 2001 with a degree in forest resources, Wetherbee was very active in outdoor activities and shared that love with his wife, Heather, and with youths through Outward Bound programs.

While on leave last year, Wetherbee and some of his 1995 teammates came by the McLean High School to cheer the Boys Lacrosse team. The school and his friends will honor him annually by presenting to a senior lacrosse player an award for leadership, dedication, and commitment to improvement in honor of Wetherbee's traits.

All area youth lacrosse players and fans are encouraged to attend the ceremony at McLean High School's April 2 game. The ticket price has been reduced to $2. The ceremony will include a USMC Honor Guard and presentation of a plaque to the family of Alexander Wetherbee and the school.