This year many of us faced an absolute bear of a summer. Record temperatures were recorded all across the country and those of us with common sense responded by moderating our exercise and by dressing appropriately. However, as summer nears its nadir, we would all be better off thinking ahead to fall. Our Marine Corps clothes suited those of you who wanted to keep cool during the oppressive heat of the summer and our Marine Corps clothing can help you adjust to the soon to come drop in temperatures. Our outerwear such as our hoodies, jackets embossed with the Marine Corps emblem and other clothing can keep you warm while making a statement about your patriotism. Here are some general tips you may wish to use to prepare for the approach of fall.
Wear layers: Coats, jackets and sweaters worn in combination can help you retain your body heat and avoid succumbing to wind chills.
Use headwear: We lose much of our heat through our heads. A well-fitting hat or knit cap can do much to help us retain vital body heat.
Wear textured fabrics: Most textured fabrics such as Corduroy, tweed and wool are naturally warm.
Choose the right fabrics: Closely related to texturing is choosing the right fabric. Light breathable fabrics are not appropriate for fall and winter.
Wear sweaters, jackets, etc.: We have a variety of Marine Corps jackets, crew neck T-shirts, long sleeve shirts that are well insulated and that will also show your esprit de corps.
Upgrade your underwear: Insulated long johns can go a long way towards making a winter day or night more comfortable.
Use more accessories: Use items like scarves, bandanas, knit hats, gloves, etc. to accessorize as well as to keep warm.
Break out the boots: Boots can be stylish and practical for when the rain and snow begin to fall.
Yes, eMarine PX is a one stop shop for people who wish to show their devotion to the Corps year round.
We would not dare think of leaving our active duty service persons and veterans without a wide variety of options as the summer leaves us. You can easily find clothing that is appropriate for all seasons as well as gifts such as decals, stickers, jewelry, keychains, flags etc. Don’t get caught off guard. Gear up for fall early.
It is no secret among the general public that base housing has the reputation of looking kind of “blah.” But this perception does not have to necessarily be true. Military housing can have the look and feel of home while at the same time retain a look that befits base housing complete with USMC home décor and US Marine gifts. Military spouses take note:
Paint: Paint is a relatively inexpensive way to transform any living space instantly. Just be sure to use colors that are approved by the Marine Corps Community in which you are a member.
Pictures: Pictures of civilian life are an excellent way to personalize base housing. Additionally, the size, placement and shape of the frames, pictures, etc., are also an element of home decor.
Use lighting: Use the light of the outdoors to brighten and liven up your base housing.
Use plants: There are many sites that will give tips for decorating with plants including some that even show you how to decorate using vertical gardens for those smaller spaces.
Removable vinyl: Transform a listless looking bathroom by adding vinyl tiles to it that can be easily removed after you move out.
Temporary Wallpaper: Temporary wallpaper can be found all over the Internet and can be the perfect solution for military spouses who wish to brighten up base housing.
Dress the Windows: Drapes, curtains, blinds, etc., can go a long way in improving the look of otherwise ordinary looking windows.
Use your patio space: While a traditional garden is out of the question for most base housing, you can still place small planters around your patio. Additionally, since this kind of housing is transient, small plants are easy to relocate when the time comes to move on.
Finally, before implementing any of these tips make sure that you seek the approval of the Marine Corps Community where your home is located. If you get the go ahead then by all means use this guide to give your base home the look and feel of your off-base home. Place our UMSC home decor alongside the items in your base home or use it to decorate your civilian home or office. We have a variety of items such as plaques, frames, wall clocks, shower curtains, Semper Fi Rugs, thermometers, wind chimes, sun catchers, ammo boxes and more.
June is an important month in a many ways. Father’s Day is in June as is the first day of summer, Flag Day etc. However, in terms of world history, June is of particular historical significance because it is the month in which the liberation of Europe began. This year marks the 73rd anniversary of the Normandy landings which initiated the Western Allied effort to liberate mainland Europe from Nazi Germany. Unfortunately, fewer and fewer witnesses of that historic event are with us but although they are gone they are most assuredly not forgotten. The impact they had on the world sent ripples around the globe and throughout time. Though they fought for so worthy a cause, many of the soldiers died in relative obscurity. However, some very famous people were there on D-Day. We at eMarine PX – where you can buy USMC home décor and USMC novelties – would like to present you with this list of those who served and whose names you may recognize.
D Salinger: Author of the iconic book Catcher in the Rye, J.D. Salinger was there on Omaha Beach and was indeed said to have been carrying portions of this famous book with him as he fought the Germans.
Alec Guinness: Legendary British actor Alec Guinness piloted a landing craft that ferried British troops to the beaches of Normandy on D-Day. .
James Doohan: Best known as Star Trek’s Montgomery Scott, Doohan was shot several times in the leg and chest and even lost a finger during the invasion.
Yogi Berra: Famed catcher Yogi Berra manned a machine gun during the battle to take Omaha Beach and even manned a naval support craft.
Medgar Evers: Famed civil right activist Medgar Evers served in the 325 Port Company during WWII. This segregated unit delivered supplies during the Normandy Invasion. Evers would later be assassinated due to his efforts to promote civil rights.
John Ford: This legendary director of even more legendary Westerns was a commander in the US Naval Reserve and led a documentary crew ashore during the Normandy invasion.
Unfortunately, none of these celebrities are still with us but the impact of what they achieved carries on to this day. They were a part of what has aptly been called the “Greatest Generation.”
The long anticipated summer is finally a week or so away. Joggers, motorcyclist, bicyclist, skateboarders and hover board riders are filling the roadways and public parks. However, along with all the joys of summer and warmer weather there are also dangers present for those of us who love to exercise outdoors. Two of those dangers are heat exhaustion and heat stroke. Here are some precautions you should take against the heat of summer.
Carefully plan when you will be out: Generally speaking, the hours between 10am and 3 pm are the hottest times of the day. Plan your workouts to avoid these peak hours especially if a heat alert is in effect.
Drink extra water: Whether you are indoors or outdoors in the heat, you should take extra steps to stay hydrated during the summer. It is recommended that you drink a little more than twelve-and-a-half, 8-ounce glasses a day.
Know the symptoms of heat exhaustion: These symptoms include vomiting and nausea, excessive sweating, low blood pressure, moist and cool skin, a weak pulse, fatigue and weakness, blurred vision, strong thirst, and rapid breathing.
Wear loose comfortable clothing: At eMarinePX we haveMarine Corps clothingthat lets you dress down for summer but still show your pride in the Corps. Our Marine Corps clothes include cycling outfits and ball caps with the Corps emblem as well as T-shirts.
Avoid caffeinated beverages and alcohol: Having a Coke or Pepsi may seem like a refreshing way to cool off after a workout but these kinds of drinks act as They actually cause fluids to leave your body rapidly. Alcohol is also a natural diuretic and has the same effect on the body’s hydration levels as caffeinated beverages.
Take frequent breaks during physical activity: Help your body adjust to the stress of warmer weather by taking frequent breaks particularly when you are working out.
Be careful with medication: Certain medications affect your body’s hydration levels. These medications include high blood pressure and heart medications, allergy medications, tranquilizers. Take the time to determine whether any medication you are taking has a diuretic effect.
We know how people who are currently in or who have been in the services endeavor to maintain their fitness levels, but heat stroke and exhaustion can affect any of us during the dog days of summer. It is therefore important to know the signs and symptoms of heat stroke and exhaustion in order to protect your health and the health of loved ones.
“Good fathers do three things: they provide, they nurture and they guide.” ~ Roland Warren.
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.
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 8th – Military 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 29th – Memorial 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.
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.
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?
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.
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.
“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.
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