Thanksgiving Homecoming and the Marines

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.

Program Etiquette

  • 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.

Marine Corps Marathon 2017

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 2016_Marine_Corps_Marathon_161030-M-UF322-013course 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.

The Meaning and Mysterious Origin of OO-rah

It’s a cry whose origin is as mysterious as its utterance is inspiring. It is a shout that is ingrained in the minds of Marines starting in boot camp. Its meaning and origins are debated both by people who have and have not served in the Corps. In fact, people who have not served associate this cry with the Marines every bit as much as they do the term Semper fidelis. The word is “OO-RAH!” and some sources say that its meaning is as varied as to mean “I am a Marine” or “I love being a Marine” to “whatever I do I will do in a manner befitting a Marine.”

Origin

But what about the origin of the word? That is widely disputed too. According to leatherneck.com, the first use of “OO-RAH!” by the Marines was after the Korean War (1953). Legend has it that in this context the word “AHUGA!” was morphed into the shorter “OO-RAH!” While this history is generally accepted by those of us who have or are serving in the Marine Corps, some claim that its origins can be traced to sources as varied as Middle High German (1580-1590) to the Ottoman Turkish phrase “vur ha” which translated means “strike” or “forward.” Others claim that the origin of the word dates back to the Ancient Hun or Mongolian Empire word for “hurray.” Whatever its origin, Marines automatically know that the cry is a source of pride and inspiration. So too are our USMC hats and our Marine Corps products online. They are embossed with symbols and phrases which communicate to others the pride you feel in an organization that has been the key to American independence since the Marines were formed in 1775.

All of the mystery around the word adds to the rich history of the Corps. It is one of the many things that makes those of us who have served proud of that service as even civilians are inspired by this call to action and acknowledgment of pride. Show your pride by wearing some of our clothing including hats, buttons, outerwear, jewelry, etc.

Dressing Down for Fall

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 2017-08-18_1552esprit 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.

Celebrities who Fought on D-Day

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 1948_Bowman_Yogi_Berramanned 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 Marine Corps and National Autism Awareness Month

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.

Adopting a Marine for the Holidays

Every year the news is filled with heartwarming stories about Marines and other service people who have been reunited with their loved ones over the Thanksgiving and/or Christmas holidays. But what about those marines who are either too far away from or cannot afford the trip home for the holidays? Luckily, for these marines whose sacrifices are no less important than the lucky ones who get to be reunited with loved ones, there are organizations that help to connect service members with local families for the holidays. As veterans ourselves, we at eMarine PX are not only interested in providing quality US Marine gifts to our customers, we would also like to express our appreciation to the efforts of civilians who strive to make this special time of year enjoyable for service people who have returned to the US but who are separated from their loved ones.

Reaching out to organizations like the nearest Armed Services YMCA or USO office is an excellent way to begin the process of hosting a service person that is home for the holidays. You can also find out more about adopting a marine by contacting your nearest military installation’s MWR (Morale, Welfare, and Recreation) office. Service people who are in the position of not being able to reunite with loved ones will greatly appreciate being a made a part of their host family’s Christmas traditions and customs. Happy holidays from the people at eMarine PX.

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Memorial Day

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Many people are confused over the difference between Memorial Day and Veterans Day. So to help you get it straight……

Veterans Day:

This federal holiday falls on November 11 and is designated as a day to honor all who have served in the military.

Memorial Day:

Celebrated the last Monday in May, Memorial Day is the holiday set aside to pay tribute to those who died serving in the military.

Memorial Day is much more than a three day weekend and barbeques. Show your support and respect for those who gave their all for our country by attending events in your community and honor the fallen.

Famous People You Didn’t Know Served as U.S. Marines

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Here’s one to get you started.

Drew Carey enlisted in the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve in 1980 and served for six years. Since then, he’s had his own successful sitcom, hosted the improv show Who’s Line Is It Anyway? and currently is the host of The Price Is Right.

What famous person do you know served in the Marine Corps and those who are rumored to have served? Let us know and get the conversation started.