This month marks the 74th anniversary of the Allied Liberation of Europe otherwise known as D-Day. The invasion, which started on June 6, 1944, marked the beginning of the end of the war in Europe. Many men made the ultimate sacrifice for the free world. And although most of those who served that day have names that the general public does not know, there were some very famous people who fought there as well. Here are a just a few and the roles they played in liberating Europe.
Sir Alec Guinness: Long before he became known as Obi-Wan Kenobi in the Star Wars universe, this legendary actor transported British troops in a landing craft onto the beaches of Normandy. A little more than a decade later Guinness would go on to star in the WWII classic “Bridge Over the River Kwai” (1957) as a British POW.
James Doohan: Star Trek’s “Mr. Scott” distinguished himself as one of several Canadian officers who lead his men up the hill on Juno Beach. Doohan was struck six times by machinegun bullets. (One of these bullets severed his right middle finger which he often concealed from viewers of the iconic show in which he would later star.) Doohan also trained with the Royal Canadian Air Force and learned to fly an artillery observation plane.
Yogi Berra: Famous baseball catcher Yogi Berra manned a Naval support craft and helped to storm Normandy. His craft bombarded enemy positions on Omaha Beach.
Medgar Evers: This civil rights pioneer served in the segregated 325th Port Company during WWII. His unit delivered much needed supplies during the Normandy Invasion.
John Ford: This iconic film director is known for having directed some of the most famous Westerns of all time. Ford went ashore on D-Day as a commander in the US Naval reserve. His team actually filmed the invasion which was eventually viewed by the public.
Henry Fonda: Head of an acting dynasty, Fonda served as a quartermaster on the destroyer USS Satterlee during the Allied landing at Normandy Beach. His ship provided support for the liberating troops. Years later he would star in several movies based on the war including “The Longest Day.”
Yes, the sacrifices that these brave men and others who help restore democracy in Europe will not be forgotten. Pride in the Corps can also be displayed with one of our USMC novelties and USMC home décor items all year round.
Memorial Day Weekend is one of the busiest vacation times for Americans. People from all around our great nation are packing, scanning the Internet for vacation deals and anticipating spending time with loved ones. However, as we all know, this holiday is not just about enjoying a three day weekend. It is about honoring those who have made the ultimate sacrifice for our nation. One way to do this is by visiting one of the many museums in the nation dedicated to our fallen comrades. Here is a list of some of the most visited memorials in the nation.
National Infantry Museum: Located in Fort Benning, GA this $100 million museum includes displays from the Siege of Yorktown to the war in Iraq. Visitors can even try out the facility’s combat and rifle range simulators.
National Museum of the Marine Corps: Located in Triangle, VA: This museum provides a total immersion experience for visitors.
National World War II Museum: This museum does an excellent job of relaying the experience and magnitude of World War II. Visitors can even hear films narrated by Tom Hanks (who starred in ‘Saving Private Ryan’) and produced by Steven Spielberg. It is an emotional experience and an educational one as well.
S. Naval Academy Museum: This museum located in Annapolis, Md., pays tribute to the role the Navy has played in our securing and maintaining our nation’s freedom.
Fort Sill National Historic Landmark and Museum and the U.S. Army Field Artillery Museum: This museum has displays dating back to the 1870s. The nearby field artillery museum has an impressive display of military technology housed there.
National WWI Museum and Memorial, Kansas City, Missouri: This museum pays tribute to that often forgotten war. There are over 75,000 items displayed there as it is one of Kansas City’s top tourist destinations.
National Naval Aviation Museum, Pensacola, Florida: This museum is a tribute to naval air power. It even hosts a superb collection of over 150 aircraft, a flight simulator and the immersive Blue Angels 4D experience.
Yes, we know that visitors to our site would never forget the true meaning of Memorial Day. These museums are reminders to the rest of us how freedom is an American birthright. Show your pride wherever you decide to vacation with a Marine Corps jacket or USMC jewelry.
What does service in this nation’s armed forces prepare one to do in civilian life? This is something that civilians who have never served sometimes wonder. Well, the answer is quite simple really – anything and everything. This is proven every day by veteran’s who excel in all walks of civilian life. It is especially demonstrated by veteran’s who have leveraged the leadership skills that they learned in the armed forces into management roles in the business world. It might surprise some of our reader’s to learn the names of some of these prominent leaders and the companies they started or now control. Among some companies you know that were founded by veterans are:
· RE/MAX: This real-estate giant was cofounded by Air Force veteran Dave Liniger. Liniger served in the Air Force during the Vietnam War and says of his service that it taught him “self-discipline and a sense of responsibility.”
· FedEx: FedEx was founded by Marine Corps veteran, Fred Smith. Currently FedEx is the 10th-largest private employer in the United States.
· Wal-Mart: The world’s largest company was founded by a former Army intelligence officer named Sam Walton. Walton achieved the rank of captain. His brother Bud was a bomber pilot for the Navy in the Pacific.
GoDaddy: This company, which registers the overwhelming majority of web domains, was founded by Marine Veteran Bob Parsons. Parsons served in Vietnam and earned a Combat Action Ribbon, the Vietnamese Cross of Gallantry and the Purple Heart. He has written on his site that he would not be where he is today without the Marine Corps.
Enterprise Rent-A-Car Company: Headquarted in Clayton, Missouri, this rental car giant was founded by Jack Taylor, a decorated Navy pilot who served in WWII.
All these men have gone on to found or cofound successful businesses from lives that begin with service to the nation. All have been proud members of the country’s armed forces and would not be where they are without those years of service and the skills that the military instilled in them. All run their companies with that same pride. We too are proud members of Disabled American Veterans, Veterans of Foreign Wars and the Marines Corps League. Show your pride by displaying our USMC hats and other merchandise from our eagle globe and anchor store.
Documentarians have a job that is more complicated and nuanced that those of ordinary film makers. They must attempt to educate as well as entertain. So for those people who have an interest in the nation’s armed forces and in history there are documentaries about military and war. Some of these documentaries are quite enlightening for those who have not served. Check out our list of the top documentaries about this nation’s military.
The War: This seven-part series is about World War II and is about the distressing, personal accounts of soldiers from standard American towns. It was made by Ken Burns noted documentarian behind the award winning PBS series on The Civil War.
Restrepo: Directed by Tim Hetherington and Sebastian Junger this documentary is about one year with a platoon fighting in the deadliest valley in Afghanistan. It features: The Men of Battle Company 2nd of the 503rd Infantry Regiment 173rd Airborne Brigade Combat Team, Juan ‘Doc Restrepo, Dan Kearney and LaMonta Caldwell.
Legion of Brothers: This documentary gives viewers access to the U.S. Special Forces and their efforts in Afghanistan to overthrow the Taliban immediately after 9/11.
Great Raids of World War II: This documentary features six stores of Allied military operations which took place during World War II. It is told through archival footage and veterans who survived the battles.
Escape from Marawi: Produced by ABC News Australia, this documentary tells the story of ISIS’ move into Southeast Asia as it attempts to gain territory and membership. It also tells about those who are trying to prevent this overthrow.
Secrets of the SAS: In Their Own Words: This four part series explores the Special Forces through candid interviews with former members. It relates their human experiences serving with the top secret, military unit.
Yes, all these documentaries attempt to capture some aspect of war and military life. Some are quite successful at capturing the sacrifice that must be made in order to protect freedom. That is why we have great pride in those documentaries that do capture that experience and relate it to the public as only skilled documentarians can do. We also have pride in the organizations that support us in our efforts to supply our customers with USMC hats and other Marine Corps merchandise from our eagle globe and anchor store. These items are about expressing pride in our nation’s armed forces and the principles that they represent.
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.
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.
As Memorial Day approaches, it is time to pause and consider the
true meaning of this holiday. Memorial Day represents one day of
national awareness and reverence, honoring those Americans who died
while defending our Nation and its values. While we should honor these
heroes every day for the profound contribution they have made to
securing our Nation’s freedom, we should honor them especially on
All Americans need to come together to recognize how fortunate
we are to live in freedom and to observe a universal “National Moment
of Remembrance” on each Memorial Day. This memorial observance
represents a simple and unifying way to commemorate our history and
honor the struggle to protect our freedoms.
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