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.