Movies for Father’s Day

“Good fathers do three things: they provide, they nurture and they guide.” ~ Roland Warren.collage2

The word “family” is a part of the Marine Corps’ lexicon. After all, the Corps itself is a family of men and women who share a unique and challenging experience. Also, many units are comprised of men and women whose families have served in the armed forces for generations. This is why we can appreciate holidays such as Father’s Day which rapidly is approaching. Father’s are all too often the unsung heroes of the family unit. They are sometimes portrayed in less than flattering ways in popular media as well. But as the above quote states, the good ones provide, nurture and guide. For that reason, and in honor of Father’s Day which is June 18, we would like to share a list of movies that portray fathers and sons (and daughters) in an uplifting way.

  • Frequency (2000): Dennis Quaid and Jim Caviezel star in sci-fi time story about time travel. Caviezel – who plays the son – connects with his deceased father via radio. Though the reunion between father and son is not cheerful – they try to stop a serial killer in the process – the portrayal of the father/son relationship is touching.

  • To Kill A Mockingbird (1963): This classic film portrays the relationship between a young girl and her father. He is an attorney who defends an African American man against charges of raping a White female in the Deep South.

  • Kramer vs. Kramer (1979): This movie starring Dustin Hoffman and Meryl Streep introduced the then revolutionary concept that fathers are a significant part of the family unit. In the movie, Hoffman is trying to retain custody of his son against all odds.

  • Mrs. Doubtfire (1993): Starring the late Robin Williams, this movie portrays another father who is trying desperately to see his children who he fathered with Sally Fields.

  • The Lion King (1994): This Disney adaptation of Hamlet has gone on to be a smash Broadway play as well.

In short, the relationship between fathers and their offspring is an important one and more complex than portrayed in popular media. Many Marines can trace their appreciation for the Corps to their own fathers. Show your appreciation to the Corps with USMC hoodies or a Marine Corps jacket that is made in America and proudly displays the Marine Corps emblem and motto.

 

Military Appreciation Month: What it is and What it Means

Of all the months of the year, May is probably the most significant in terms of the sheer number of days there are that honor the Corps. For example:

  • May 1st: Loyalty Day – Which seeks to reaffirm loyalty to the US.

  • May 7th – National Day of Prayer – Designated by the United States Congress (36 U.S.C. § 119).

  • May 8th – VE Day, Victory in Europe Day – This day celebrates the Allied victories in Europe during WWII

  • May 8thMilitary Spouse Day – This day honors the spouses of servicemen and women who also make sacrifices.

  • May 9th to 17th – Armed Forces Week – This week starts on the second Saturday of May and ends on the third Sunday of May.

  • May 16th – Armed Forces Day – This is a part of Armed Forces Week and celebrates all branches of the military.

  • May 29thMemorial Day – The holiday that most civilians are familiar with, Memorial Day is the only US holiday that recognizes those servicemen and women who have – all throughout US history – made the ultimate sacrifice. It began shortly after the Civil War.

For this reason, the month of May is known as Military Appreciation Month. Recognized in 1999 by Congress, Military Appreciation Month is designed to give the public the opportunity to demonstrate their appreciation for the important role that the Armed Forces play in maintaining our freedom and independence. As such, many retailers offer discounts and special promotions for members of the Armed Forces. There will be special events held throughout the country as part of this recognition.

Of course, at eMarine PX our appreciation for members of the Corps is year round. We sell a line of, Marine Corps clothing that are authentic and made in the USA. Our Marine Corps clothes are appropriate for any active duty or retired member of the armed forces who wants to show his/her pride all year long and not just during a single month.

The National Museum of the Marine Corps

From its first amphibious landing in the Bahamas in 1776 to the Invasion of Iraq to the present, the Marines have been an integral part to protecting our rights as a sovereign nation. Not only is there the history of its battles that rings across time, there is also the ethos of the Corps that still reverberates all throughout our culture. However, that history and that ethos can best be related by those who serve or have served. This is why the National Museum of the Marine Corps in Quantico, Virginia mission is so vital. It seeks to view the history of the Corps, and therefore America, through the eyes of the Corps itself. It contains artifacts, documents, etc., that tell the fascinating story of the Corps and it explores where the Marines are headed in the future. Vehicles, uniforms, weapons, personal effects from conflicts dating back to the Civil war and beyond are just some of the artifacts the museum holds.

The museum is situated on a 120,000-square-foot facility and is supported by a public-private partnership between the U.S. Marine Corps and the Marine Corps Heritage Foundation. The museum is designed for families and individuals, civilians and service men and women alike and receives visitors from all over the country. The facility even holds a rifle range making the trip there experiential as well as educational. There is no admission to the museum and parking is free in order to make the facility even more accessible to the public. Its current galleries include The American Revolution, Global Expeditionary Force, World War I, World War II, The Korean War and Vietnam.

Finally, formed by Captain Samuel Nicholas, by a resolution of the Second Continental Congress on 10 November 1775, the Marines as an institution boast a history that few other Americans institutions can. The National Museum of the Marine Corps proudly preserves and depicts this history and is even in the process of expanding. We could not be prouder of the aims of the museum and the fact that it seeks to educate all Americans on the contributions, sacrifices, and victories of the Marines and that this tale is all told from the perspective of those who have served. This multimedia, experiential facility pays tribute to the same ideas that our customers do. That is why we are proud to display Marine Corps jackets, Marine Corps jewelry and other items that symbolize this vital branch of the armed services.

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Ways to Maintain Your Motivation for Working Out

One of the things that the Marines are known for are their emphasis on physical fitness. However, there are times when even the most ardent physical fitness buff grows tired of the same workout routine and needs some extra motivation to achieve his/her goals. For active duty personnel that motivation comes in the form of a DI, but for military persons who are on no longer on activity duty, finding the motivation can difficult. At eMarine PX, where we have Marine Corps items for sale, we believe that exercise is a vital component to living a long, productive life and is fundamental to accomplishing many of life’s goals in and out of the Corps. For that reason, we wish to offer the following tips for how to motivate your workouts.

  • Become an Early Bird: Anyone who has ever served is quite familiar with waking up early to start the day. Waking up early to begin your exercise routine can energize you for the entire day.

  • Run in a group: Again, those who have served in the military know that exercise, as a social activity can be invigorating. Having comrades there to spur you on can give you that extra dose of adrenaline you need. Try running, hiking, climbing, etc. with others in order to stay inspired.

  • Dress the Part: A study published in the Journal of Experimental Psychology suggests that workout clothing can actually motivate people to workout more. What could be more motivating than USMC hoodies, sweats or other Marine branded items?hoodedsweatshirts

  • Take a Break: The body needs time after intense workouts to refuel itself and to repair tissues. Moreover, working out to the point of exhaustion actually increases your chance of injury.

  • Change up your routine: Add new exercises; create small challenges for yourself, etc. in order to help regain your mojo.

  • Use technology: Apps like Zombie and Run, as well as technologies such as Fitbit and Moov Now, are designed to give you actionable intelligence on your state of health, etc. Meeting certain metrics that you’ve set for yourself can be quite inspiring.

Finally, it may be tempting to slack off every now and then but doing so often will only slow down your progress and prevent you from becoming the best you can be. Be safe, productive and proud as you workout this spring.

The Marine Corps and National Autism Awareness Month

Throughout its proud history the Marine Corps has been known for its community involvement and its support of worthy causes. This month of April finds the Corps involved in another such a cause. The cause is autism and this month is National Autism Awareness Month. National Autism Awareness Month is a nationwide effort to promote autism awareness and inclusion. This effort is designed to not only educate the public about autism but it is also designed to increase public participation in activities designed to help others understand this developmental disorder. The public can participate in these efforts specifically by:

  • Becoming a volunteer such as those who help at the Special Olympics.

  • Joining in walk/run events for the cause.

  • Displaying the Autism Puzzle Ribbon on your car, your clothing, or even in your social media profile picture. We encourage our customers here at eMarine PX, to pin the ribbon to clothes that you can buy at our USMC store to further demonstrate Marine support for this worthy cause.

Facts About Autism

  • 1 in 68, individuals are currently diagnosed with autism.

  • Adults with autism are 10x more likely to consider suicide than adults who don’t have autism.

  • The unemployment rate for adults with autism is as high as 90% despite the fact that many people with autism can contribute greatly to the workforce.

Additionally, the ExceptionalFamily Member Program (EFMP) will host many events tohelp the public understand more about what has become the fastest-growing developmental disability in the United States. The EFMP is a DOD enrollment program that works with both military and civilian agencies to provide support for housing, education, medical and personnel services to U.S. military families with special needs. Again, we encourage our customers to shop our Marine corps products online with the multi-colored, puzzle ribbon that has become a symbol of hope and support for individuals and families that have been affected by autism.

General Lewis B. “Chesty” Puller: A Marine First, Last and Always

“Old breed? New breed? There’s not a damn bit of difference so long as it’s the Marine breed,” General Lewis B. “Chesty” Puller.

 

It’s hard to find a single individual who perfectly embodies all that the Corps represents. After all, the standards that the Marine Corps holds its people to are very high. However, there are those few individuals who have sometimes met and even exceeded those expectations. Such an individual was the late General Lewis B. “Chesty” Puller. Puller led a life of distinction and service to the country that few individuals ever have. We honor his memory and his commitment to the Corps that was at the very center of who he was by offering this short biography of the man.

Lewis Burwell was born in West Point, Virginia on June 26, 1898. He was the grandson of a confederate veteran and a second cousin to General George S. Patton. In 1917 he enrolled in the Virginia Military Institute but left to enlist in the First World War. By 1924, he received his commission as a second lieutenant. He saw battle in Haiti, during WWII and Korea. His decoration and awards include:

  • First Navy Cross citation

  • Second Navy Cross citation

  • Third Navy Cross citation

  • Fourth Navy Cross citation

  • Fifth Navy Cross citation

  • Distinguished Service Cross citation

All of these have earned him the distinction of being the most decorated Marine in history. Puller would eventually retire from the Marine Corps in 1955 after having served for 37 years. He lived in Virginia for the remainder of his life with his wife Virginia Montague Evans. Gen Puller died on October 11, 1971 at the age of 73. He was buried in Saluda, in Middlesex County. As a sign of their respect to the general, Marines at Parris Island end their day by saying, “Good night Chesty Puller, wherever you are!”

Yes, General Puller represented the Marine Corps better than most inviduals. We salute his memory and honor his sacrifice. Our Marine Corps clothes also honor the spirit of the Marines as do our other Marine Corps items for sale. We know that our customers wear with pride each item we sell for what they stand for and for the men and women who sacrificed in order to build the reputation of the Marines.

Tips to Choosing the Perfect Gift

When it comes to gift giving our site has a major advantage over other online sites. That advantage is that the people who shop here already know they are visiting a site whose products coincide with their loved one’s interest. They know that the person they are choosing a gift for is dedicated to the Corps and its ideas. That’s the advantage. The disadvantage is that choosing just the right can still be challenging. That’s because we have Marine Corps items for sale that cover many categories from clothing, to books, to knives, etc. So that you can purchase the perfect gift for the Marine in your life, we offer you a few tips.

  • Make a list with the kinds of things the person is interested in specifically. For example, a videophile might prefer one of our DVDs over some other gift.

  • Ask that person what they This is not very subtle but it is an effective way to ensure your gift will please the receiver.

  • Follow the person: Pay attention to what items they regularly view and what they say to other friends about their wants and needs.

  • Ask for suggestions from mutual friends or family members: Ask other loved ones what gifts the receiver enjoyed getting in the past.

We have all heard the saying that it is “better to give than to receive.” This is true of course but it is best when the person you give a gift to truly appreciates that present and the thought behind it. Keep this in mind when buying that special person in your life one of our USMC gifts and both you and he/she will better appreciate the present you select.

Marine Corps Marathon 2017

Physical fitness is one of the cornerstones of being a Marine. Without it a rigorous defense of our nation and our nation’s interest would be impossible. That is why the Corps and we support activities and events that promote physical fitness and that generate goodwill between the community and the Marine Corps. An event that is designed to do this is the Marine Corps Marathon which is being held on October 21, 2017. (A lottery for the event begins on March 22. The registration fee is $160.) Runners from more than 50 countries will be participating. If you are someone who is interested in marathon running and the Marine Corps, we advise that you register early for the event. A full calendar of events is here. There will even be special Kids Run event for children 5-12 one October 21, 2017. (This will be a one mile run only.) Active duty registration begins on March 2, 2017.

As we’ve said, we support any event that makes physical well-being a cornerstone of a well rounded life. For our part, our Marine Corps items for sale and our Marine Corps hats for sale are a way for those who do and have served to further demonstrate their pride in the Corps. We have a wide variety of ball caps that are not only attractive but that also have the Marine Corps emblem embossed on them and that also keep the sun out of your eyes while you run. No one who has ever served can ever fail to recognize the importance of staying fit. Now, let’s hope for strong community support at this and similar events.

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.