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.
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.
Traditionally, 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.
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.
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.
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.
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 pins 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 out 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.
Since 1996, the U.S. Marine Forces Reserve has collected new, unwrapped toys for 3 months every year throughout the United States and distributed these toys as Christmas presents to less fortunate children in communities in which the campaigns, known as Toys for Tots, are conducted.
Toys for Tots ultimately aims to deliver a message of hope to less fortunate youngsters. The Marines strive to play an active role in the development of our nation’s children and to unite members of local communities in a common cause.
If you want to donate a toy but don’t know what to buy, consider what would be an appropriate gift for your own child or relative. The only items not accepted are realistic looking toy weapons and food.
Toys for Tots programs typically take place in communities in which there is a Marine Corps Reserve Unit. If you would like to donate toys or even volunteer this holiday season, you can find your local Toys for Tots campaign information: here.
And if you’re searching for a present to say thank you to your favorite or local Marine, you can find Marine accessories, collectibles, and more novelties and gifts at eMarinePX.com.
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
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