Molon Labe Industries, manufacturers of polymer magazines and accessories for rifle platforms, has recently pledged to donate a portion of its revenues to Operation 300, a non-profit foundation designed to create a week long experience for children who have lost their fathers as a result of service to our country.

 Operation 300 was founded by Tara Vaughn Baldwin in honor and memory of her brother Elite Navy SEAL Aaron Carson Vaughn who was tragically killed on August 6, 2011 when a Chinook chopper carrying 30 American troops was shot down in Afghanistan. The goal of the foundation is to give children who have lost so much the opportunity to live like Aaron, if only for a short time.

Operation 300’s camps will provide an opportunity for children to participate in activities that embody the spirit of adventure that characterized the lives of their absent fathers while fostering a culture of courage, strength, freedom, endurance, honor and Godly morality embodied by fearless patriots throughout the history of our American Republic.

“We are humbled and grateful beyond words to be supported by such an amazing company as Molon Labe Industries,” remarked Operation 300 President Tara Vaughn Baldwin. “Chris has been such an encouragement to us and our vision since the beginning. Molon Labe Industries’ mission fits so perfectly with ours. This partnership will be incremental to our ability to accomplish our short term and long term goals.”

 Baldwin shared a personal story regarding her brother and a tattoo he wore on his left forearm, something that resonated with Molon Labe Industries. Approximately 10 years ago, Aaron Vaughn had read Steven Pressfield’s Gates of Fire. Vaughn was so moved and compelled by that book that he tattooed “Molon Labe” on his left forearm. The placement of the tattoo was just as important as the saying to Vaughn because of how he planned to use that forearm in hand to hand combat.

The phrase “Molon Labe” means “come and take it” and is a classical expression of defiance reportedly spoken by King Leonidas I in response to the Persian army’s demand that the Spartans surrender their weapons at the Battle of Thermopylae.

 “It is a pleasure for us to help out such a worthy organization such as Operation 300,” commented Chris Gleason, President and Founder of Molon Labe Industries. “Our visions and beliefs are quite similar and we hope our donations help to put on many camps for these children who have lost so much.”

Image courtesy Laura Burgess Marketing

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