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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