There is a saying and a song that goes “Christmas is for Children.” And with this saying comes the image of children all over the country who will awaken on Christmas morning to gleefully unwrap their presents after a restless night of sleep. However, as painful as it is to imagine, this is not how Christmas morning will play out in every home in the nation. Some families struggle hard to provide themselves with life’s necessities let alone the luxuries of the season. Children in such homes will sadly not share in the joy of opening a shiny new present on Christmas morning. Knowing that this is the case with many families, Major Bill Hendricks founded the Toys for Tots program in 1947.
The History of Toys for Tots
Toys for Tots began back in 1947 when, inspired by his wife, Major Hendricks, gathered reservists to collect and distribute thousands of unwrapped toys to children. Eventually celebrity support was also gained and since then the organization has been designated as an official mission for the Marine Corps Reserves. Moreover, since its inception the program has collected and dispensed more than 512 million toys. That is a lot of joy delivered to a lot of children.
The Toys for Tots Mission
The mission of Toys for Tots is to collect and distribute unwrapped toys for less fortunate children in the vicinity of the collection sites. These collections take place from October to December of each year. You can go to ToysforTots.org to find the drop off site nearest you. You can also go to that same site to inquire how you can be of assistance by making your location one of those sites. We have many seasonal USMC gifts that will go well right alongside the rest of your Christmas decorations. Marine Corps items for sale on our site include festive, affordably priced ornaments that demonstrate pride in the Corps. Have a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year from all of us at eMarine PX.
As Thanksgiving is quickly approaching, most of us will be enjoying the holiday with our relatives. And even though some of these reunions may sometimes be contentious, we can at least take comfort in the fact that we will be among loved ones we have not seen for years. However, not everyone will be afforded the opportunity of reuniting with family members on this occasion. Some of those who serve in our country’s military will be unable to reunite with loved ones this holiday. For those who cannot, there is the “Adopt a Service Member” program which gives local families the opportunity to host Marines for the holiday. (The program is also known by other names such as “Operation Home Cooking,” “Adopt an Airman,” “Host a Marine,” “Adopt a Marine,” etc.)
How to Adopt a Service Member for Thanksgiving or the Holidays
It’s really quite simple to adopt a Marine this year. One of the first ways to do so is by reaching out to the local military installation’s MWR office to inquire about whether it has such a program and whether or not you can join. A second way to join the program is by checking your local Armed Services YMCA or USO office. The effort you make by hosting a member of the armed services this holiday season will be greatly appreciated by Marines who cannot make it home to visit their own families.
Give the Marine time to relax: More than likely they will be tired and will need time to unwind.
Let them watch TV: Football and basketball games are great for bringing strangers together.
Let them call home: Offer to let them call their relatives to let them know how they are.
Stay away from controversial topics like religion, politics, etc.
Don’t offer alcohol or tobacco products.
In short, think of how you would feel if you could not make it home to visit your loved ones this season and what it would take to make your feel more at home. Families who volunteer for this program are in a sense doing a service to the country too. Do your part to express your love of our country and the services by buying or making a gift of USMC clothing to someone who has or is serving. Our site also has a wide selection of Marine Corps jewelry this and every season.
Since the age of Television began back in the 50’s, some men and women – some who have served and some who have not – have sought to depict various aspects of life in the Marine Corps. Some creators have used humor/pathos to show life in the Corps. Others have sought to depict the more dramatic aspects of being a Marine. Moreover, some of these depictions have been spot on while others have missed the mark. Here are a few of the most iconic TV shows that have portrayed the Marine Corps in all of its multifaceted glory.
Men of Annapolis: This short-lived TV show was filmed at the U.S. Navy Academy in Maryland and ran for 41 episodes. The main cast included Darryl Hickman and Art Gilmore and featured episodes directed by legendary director Richard Donner.
Gomer Pyle, U.S.M.C. This show – which was a spin-off of the immensely popular Andy Griffith Show – starred Jim Nabors as Private Gomer Pyle. The show depicted the humorous aspects of Marine life but did so in an authentic and respectful manner. Indeed, The Marine Corps actually promoted Nabors’ character to corporal in 2001 and 2007 as a way of thanking the show for its depiction of the Marines.
Major Dad: Running from 1989-1993, this show starred Gerald McRaney and was set in fictitious Camp Singleton (based on Camp Pendleton). The show portrayed the humorous experiences of a by the book marine who was also the father of three girls.
The Lieutenant: Starring Gary Lockwood, Robert Vaughn and Don Penny, this short-lived show was created by Gene Roddenberry of Star Trek fame. The show centered around Lockwood who starred as USMC Second Lieutenant William Tiberius Rice and idealistic officer and recent graduate of the United States Naval Academy.
BAA BAA Black Sheep / Black Sheep Squadron: This show starring Robert Conrad of Wild, Wild, West fame was loosely based on Gregory Boyington (Boyington, was a technical adviser for the series). It was centered on a group of fighter pilots based in the Solomon Islands during World War II.
Yes, TV has long honored this esteemed branch of the military. It has done so at times using humor and at other times using drama to depict the complicated life in the Corps. You too can honor the Marines by wearing a Marine Corps Jacket or making a present to someone who has or is serving one of our many other USMC gifts.
If anyone can appreciate the value of keeping fit all year round it’s the US Marine Corps. The Corps was founded on the principle of being prepared at all times for any contingency and staying fit helps people prepare for all kinds of activities. This is part of the reason we are proud to support the upcoming Marine Corps Marathon 2017. (The date of the Marathon will be Sunday, October 22, 2017). However, the marathon is more than about physical fitness. It is also meant to express patriotism and to support family friendly activities which – like keeping fit – should be embraced year round. The start line of the Marathon will be at the Pentagon and Arlington National Cemetery and the finish line will be at the Marine Corps War Memorial. And although registration is now closed, you can show up and show your support for the participants.
Schedule of Events
Marine Corps Marathon Weekend Events
Health and Fitness Expo
Thursday, Oct. 19, 2017
Marine Corps Marathon Kids Run
Saturday, October 21, 2017, 9:00 a.m.-1:30 p.m.
North Pentagon parking lot in Arlington, Virginia.
Marine Corps Marathon 10K
Sunday, October 22, 2017, 9:15 a.m.
Marine Corps Marathon Finish Festival
Sunday, October 22, 2017, 8 a.m.-4 p.m.
History of the Marathon
The origin of the event started with Col. Jim Fowler, USMC Ret and over the course of four decades developed into the occasion that thousands participate in today. Fowler’s goal was to promote goodwill for the Corps and to showcase the Marine Corps. Fowler also wanted to encourage recruitment into the Corps. The Marathon’s first participants started in Washington D.C. on Nov. 7, 1976 and the event has grown by leaps and bounds ever since.
Show your pride by attending the Marathon while wearing our Marine Corps products and USMC clothing. We have an assortment of clothing such as T-shirts, hoodies, sweatpants and shorts.
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.
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.
The day after the Marines’ birthday is Veterans Day – November 11. Veterans Day is a day to honor those who have served in any of the U.S. Armed Forces. This American holiday coincides with other holidays in different parts of the world that also mark the anniversary of the end of World War I.
Ninety five years ago, President Woodrow Wilson first proclaimed November 11, 1919 as the first commemoration of Armistice Day:
“To us in America, the reflections of Armistice Day will be filled with solemn pride in the heroism of those who died in the country’s service and with gratitude for the victory, both because of the thing from which it has freed us and because of the opportunity it has given America to show her sympathy with peace and justice in the councils of the nations.”
The day was originally celebrated with parades, public meetings and a brief breaks for all businesses beginning at 11:00am. In 1938, the 11th of November became an official legal holiday dedicated to the cause of world peace. In 1954, at the urging of veterans, the Act of 1938 was passed. This act replaced the word Armistice with the word Veterans, and since that time we’ve celebrated Veteran’s Day and honored all American veterans every year on Nov. 11