Hollywood Comes to the Marines Corps

No person who has not served can sum up the experience of being a Marine. But Hollywood has tried on occasion – with the help of military advisors – to sum up the experience for those who have not served in our armed forces. Our Marine Corps clothes perfectly match the look of the Corps with our uniforms, medals, decals, stickers, headwear etc., but Hollywood often tries to sum up the experience as best it can. Here are a few movies that come close to relating to the public part of what the Marine Corps is all about. (Dramatic license must be allowed in each.)

  • Heartbreak Ridge (1986): This movie features Clint Eastwood as a Marine gunnery sergeant who clashes with his recon platoon.

  • Full-Metal-Jacket1987): This film features R. Lee Ermey who is a former United States Marine Corps staff sergeant and an honorary gunnery sergeant

  • Sands of Iwo Jima (1949): This John Wayne picture even features cameos by three Marines – Rene A. Gagnon, Ira H. Hayes and John H. Bradley – who raised the flag over the island.

  • Flags of our Fathers (2006): Speaking of the flag raising over Iwo Jima, this movie tells the story of three of the six flag raisers who were killed in battle

  • Rules of Engagement (2000): This movie, which begins in Vietnam, demonstrates the camaraderie that is shared among within Marines.

Yes, these films and others have shaped the public’s perception of the Marine Corps. But as anyone who has served knows, only those who have been or are a Marine can accurately relate the experience. Some movies come closer than others in doing this. Our Marine Corps clothing is ideal for those who have served and wish to honor the Corps in their own way.

Pass on the Pride of the USMC

Looking for a way to pass your pride in the Marine Corps on to your little ones? Want him to have a gift that he will cherish as he looks up to you? One gift for your young one that you might consider then is our 3PC Child’s Marine Dress Blues. These uniforms are remarkably detailed and come with a jacket, belt and pants. They are smart, attractive and come with epaulettes on the shoulders, mandarin collar and are trimmed in vibrant red. This uniform makes a perfect gift from our USMC store for families that are dedicated to passing their pride in the Marines on to the next generation. After all, children are eager to emulate their elders and giving them items from our store that are designed for juniors is the perfect way to make the most of this desire. A set of dress blues or Bouncy Buddy or children’s dish set can also make the perfect segue as you begin to instill in your child the higher principles of honor and dedication that are a part of the armed services. They give veterans the opportunity to let their son, daughter, grandchildren, etc, know what the uniform represents and that these are qualities that he/she should respect and strive to attain.

At eMarine PX, we support the efforts of organizations that reach out to youth in order to build a respect in the services and the public in general. This belief is represented not only by us, but also in groups like Young Marines, Marine Corps Scholarship Foundation, and others. So the next time you get your little ones a gift give him/her something that is a symbol of the values you want him/her to achieve and that are embodied in the USMC.

Adopting a Marine for the Holidays

Every year the news is filled with heartwarming stories about Marines and other service people who have been reunited with their loved ones over the Thanksgiving and/or Christmas holidays. But what about those marines who are either too far away from or cannot afford the trip home for the holidays? Luckily, for these marines whose sacrifices are no less important than the lucky ones who get to be reunited with loved ones, there are organizations that help to connect service members with local families for the holidays. As veterans ourselves, we at eMarine PX are not only interested in providing quality US Marine gifts to our customers, we would also like to express our appreciation to the efforts of civilians who strive to make this special time of year enjoyable for service people who have returned to the US but who are separated from their loved ones.

Reaching out to organizations like the nearest Armed Services YMCA or USO office is an excellent way to begin the process of hosting a service person that is home for the holidays. You can also find out more about adopting a marine by contacting your nearest military installation’s MWR (Morale, Welfare, and Recreation) office. Service people who are in the position of not being able to reunite with loved ones will greatly appreciate being a made a part of their host family’s Christmas traditions and customs. Happy holidays from the people at eMarine PX.

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At Home and Safe for the Holidays

It has often been said that absence makes the heart grow fonder. This saying is even truer for those loved ones who have been away perhaps in other parts of the world and whose jobs put them in harm’s way on a daily basis. As veterans ourselves, we at E-Marine PX are grateful to have the Marines who are on leave during this season safely in the company of loved ones if only for a short time. We know how special leave time can be. We know that every moment with family and loved ones is precious for those who sacrifice themselves to maintain our freedoms. Our Marine Corps clothes are designed to honor those who have served and wish to continue to show their pride in the service. We also have many customers who give them as presents for loved ones. The Marine Corps clothing that we stock is made at affordable prices.

We not offer only clothing but also items such as decals, coins, knives and collectibles as well. And unlike Marine Corps clothing you might find at other places such as thrift stores, pawn shops, etc. we only sell genuine items. In fact, eMarine PX is the official national PX for the 3rd Marine Division Association so quality and authenticity are what we strive for. Remember us this holiday season as you share the kinship of loved ones who are returning to their families and to the greatest country in the world.

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Got Your 6 and Getting out the Veteran’s Vote

The year of 2016 has been one of the most contentious election years in modern American politics. As proof of this we have all seen a flurry of events occur on a daily basis that have and continue to stymie even veteran political observers. In the midst of the high stakes involved in this year’s races, we have seen voter registration drives aimed at groups as diverse as ethnic and racial minorities to women to Millenials and others. The reason for this is that the difference between candidates is so especially stark this year that it behooves all Americans to participate in shaping the vision they wish to see for America. It is especially important for veterans – who have made and continue to make sacrifices for this country – to exercise this precious freedom so that they can have an influence on determining the direction this country will take. One of the groups dedicated to making sure that veteran’s voices are heard is the veteran’s advocacy organization ‘Got Your 6.’

They have enlisted in their efforts to increase participation by veterans in the political process, celebrities such as Rob Riggle, ex-Daily Show correspondent and retired Marine Corps Reserve lieutenant colonel, David Eigenberg and J.W. Cortes. The effort is nationwide and it is spurred by alarming research from a Pew Research Group report showing that the United States ranks 27th among 35 developed democracies in voter participation rates. We at eMarine PX support the efforts of ‘Got Your 6’ and encourage all veterans to participate in the American system of governance that many have fought and died for.

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A Re-examination of USERRA and Our Government’s Commitment to Reservists

In 1994, the government entered into a covenant between military reservists and private employers in the form of a law (USERRA) which ensures that those who chose to serve our country and at the same time who work for private companies are not penalized for such a dual commitment. Many companies faithfully honor this obligation which is morally right and has the force of law behind it. However, the Ninth Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals – which is one step below the U.S. Supreme Court – has ruled in one case that a pre-employment arbitration signed by an employee/reservist can be honored despite the law that allows reservists to return to their jobs after periods of active-duty service.

 

The specific case involves an active duty military reservist named Kevin Ziober who worked for BLB Resources. Ziober was fired by BLB Resources on his last day of work before deploying to Afghanistan. (The company denied that it fired Ziober because of his military service.) Prior to his termination, Ziober signed an arbitration agreement that eliminated his right to sue his employer. The court ruled that the arbitration agreement that Ziober signed did strip him of his right to sue under USERRA. However, the court did not challenge the validity of USERRA itself. To that point, Ziober, his attorney and Connecticut Sen. Richard Blumenthal, a Democrat, have expressed the need for USERRA to be strengthened in a manner that gives service members the right to sue despite their having been an arbitration agreement in effect prior to their termination.

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Marine Corps Birthday Ball

imagesTraditionally, the Marine Corps Birthday Ball is celebrated every year on 10th of November. The official “first birthday” began on the 10th of November in 1775. The Tun Tavern in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania is considered the “birth place” of the Marine Corps. It is here that the first marines enlisted under Commandant Samuel Nicholas. The year of 1783 marked the end of the Revolutionary War and with it was the disestablishment of the Continental Navy as well as the Continental Marines. It wasn’t until 1798 that the marines were reestablished. The first official ball was held in 1925 and has been celebrated every year since. This is a very formal event and one of pristine honor to attend.

Guests attending the ball are required to dress in formal attire. Marines should be in their dress blues but their dates also need to understand that they are representing the marines as well. Gowns below the knee and tuxedos are required. Marine Corps jewelry might be a nice touch to add to your outfit for this particular evening. It is a significant form of respect how one is represented not only by how they dress but also by how they act during the ceremony.

The ceremony is held in a very traditional fashion. You must be careful to mind your manners and never to speak during the ceremony itself. Once the ceremony is over it is of course time to celebrate, but everything has a time and place. The ball itself is a place to honor the Marine Corps and all of its accomplishments over the years. If you have the honor of attending please dress appropriately, act accordingly, and enjoy the years of tradition and history before you.index

September 11 Marines Remembered

It’s hard to believe that is has been 15 years since the tragic day of September 11, 2001. I know for most of us it feels like just yesterday. Looking back on the horrific events that unfolded that day will never get easier. However, we can always honor the heroes that risked their own lives to help save others. One Marine that comes to mind is Jason Thomas.

Upon hearing about the tragic events Thomas sprang into action, despite having left active duty one-month prior. “Off-duty” is not the mindset of a Marine when others are truly in need. Thomas gave a statement to the press about why he acted in such a manner, “Someone needed help. It didn’t matter who,” he said. “I didn’t even have a plan. But I have all this training as a Marine, and all I could think was my city is in need.”

Once arriving to the scene Thomas encountered another former Marine by the name of David Karnes. The two devised a search and rescue plan and set out to save anyone and everyone they could. Unfortunately, at this point there were few left to be saved. Karnes and Thomas did successfully save the lives of two Police officers trapped beneath debris. Without their efforts the two police officers would have been left for dead. It is stories like these that can make any Marine proud to wear their Marine Corps Apparel knowing that it has significant meaning behind it.

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The photo on the bottom left hand corner is a picture from The Marine Corps Association & Foundation website, which includes this photo of “Sergeant Jason Thomas at the ruins of the World Trade Center.” The image on the bottom right is an image of David Karnes, retired U.S. Marine.

The Ideal Gift for Patriotic Friends and Family

We all know that the satisfaction one gets from giving a gift to a friend or family member regardless of the occasion is sometimes diminished when the person receiving the gift seems less than enthused about the gift selection.  Though the recipient may not express it in so many words, we can always sense the letdown and disappointment.  Moreover, we all know the hassle of trying to select the right gift for someone else.  What does he or she want?  What color would they like?  Will they truly appreciate their gift?  Well, by giving Gift Certificates the guess work can be eliminated.  The person, to whom we wish to express our appreciation, thanks or love, etc., gets to pick out their own gift.  That is why USMC gift certificates are such a great idea for the Marine in your life.  These gift certificates can be used to buy clothing, books, DVDs, coin, collectible, decals, and other USMC gifts for military minded loves ones.  They come in $25, $50, $75 and $100 values and came be printed on our site or emailed to friends, family, co-workers, etc.

The best thing about the gift certificates – aside from their convenience – is that they never expire unlike many other kinds of coupons.  (How many times have you gone to a store and tried to use a coupon only to realize that it has expired?)  By entering the gift certificate number online the holder can use the amount on the gift certificate towards the purchase of any item online.  Veterans or friends and family of servicemen and women can pick and choose what they want thus reducing the chance that they will be disappointed by a gift you have chosen for them instead.  You treat and let them choose.

Fashion to Inspire: Marine Workout Clothing

Being a Marine is more than a profession, and certainly more than a paycheck. The mentality of a Marine is all-consuming. To be a Marine is to take part in one of this Nation’s greatest comradery and brotherhood’s.  The symbol of the Marine Corps is to be worn and exhibited with pride, for this is an honor not to be taken lightly. Marine Corps clothes come in a variety of types from hoodies, to cycling jerseys and socks, to short and sweats.  Marine Corps products also include things like marine workoutpins that you can wear during your workout to symbolize your esprit de corps. Only a true Marine can beam with pride while sporting the attire of their fellow brothers and sisters. Often time Marine Corps clothes are worn as pieces of motivation and drive. If a fellow Marine is wearing a Marine Corps t-shirt to workout they work harder, and fight through the excuses in their head. They know they can finish anything because they are a Marine. This type of motivation boasts self-esteem and drive simply by wearing the symbol they have come to know as part of their family.

Marine’s use other types of inspiration while working out as well.Clothing is just one method.  Another method is to work oworkoutut with other Marine’s who share similar fitness goals and who are roughly in the same condition as you.  Another way to drive yourself to work out more often is to vary your routine just enough to keep yourself inspired.  However, none of these techniques show the outside world your commitment more than wearing clothing that represents an organization for which personal fitness is essential.  At eMarine PX, we have a variety of workout clothing that will inspire you to achieve your goals and demonstrate to others your pride in the best military organization in the world.