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.

TV Shows about the Marine Corps

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 popularJim_Nabors_Frank_Sutton_Gomer_Pyle_1966 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 Jacket or making a present to someone who has or is serving one of our many other USMC gifts.

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.

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.”

Military Appreciation Month: What it is and What it Means

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 8thMilitary 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 29thMemorial 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.

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.