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 saleon 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.
Gift giving can be as anxiety-inducing as it is rewarding. That’s because we want to give our loved ones gifts that will be useful and that they will also cherish due to the thought that we put into selecting them. For visitors to our site a large part of the riddle of what kind of gift to give someone is already solved. After all, visitors to our site already know that the intended recipient of their gift is dedicated to the Corps and its ideals. However, with the large variety of USMC Marine Christmas gifts that are available on our site, choosing just the perfect gift for a current or former member of the Marines Corps can still pose a problem. For that reason, we would like to offer you the following suggestions for selecting just the right gift for your loved ones.
Listen to what they say; observe how they act: Often people will drop hints as to what they need or desire in conversation. Sometimes our loved ones will even point out specific items they might like to receive when they are in our presence. Keep your antenna up particularly around the holiday gift giving season for such clues and let this be a guide.
Take notes: Whether you do so using a pad and pencil or simply keep mental notes, make a list of gift ideas and refer to it while shopping.
Ask the person what they need: It won’t be a surprise when you use this technique, but it will avoid any ambiguity. Some people are direct and very specific about their needs and will let you know right up front that they would rather be pleasantly surprised rather than just surprised.
Make a list of all the things the person is interested in: Beyond the Corps, what is the intended recipient interested in? Do they like to read? If so we have many books available on our site. Are they a collector? If so we have coins, coin holders and other items of interest for collectors. Are they especially proud of their car? We have license plate frames, hitch covers, etc. too.
Ask other friends, family members, etc: You may get an entirely new perspective from someone else when trying to come up with gift ideas.
In short, some of the anxiety that comes along with gift giving can be lessened by taking a little time and carefully thinking out your strategy. Be it a gift like our Marine Corps hats for sale or our decals and stickers, your loved ones will appreciate a carefully thought out gift the best.
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 Jacketor 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.
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.
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.
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.
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