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US Marine Corps War Memorial The United States Marine Corps War Memorial is dedicated to the Marine dead of all wars and their co
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12/28/2017
Rangers lower the iconic flag to half-staff at the very memorial for those we have lost. The NPS echoes the words of the...
07/21/2015

Rangers lower the iconic flag to half-staff at the very memorial for those we have lost. The NPS echoes the words of the President's proclamation to fly the flag at half staff:

"Our thoughts and prayers as a Nation are with the service members killed last week in Chattanooga. We honor their service. We offer our gratitude to the police officers and first responders who stopped the rampage and saved lives. We draw strength from yet another American community that has come together with an unmistakable message to those who would try and do us harm: We do not give in to fear. You cannot divide us. And you will not change our way of life."

The NPS remains always faithful in our charge to honor their memory. Semper fidelis.

05/02/2015

May 2, 2015 is the Kentucky Derby

During the Korean War, Sergeant Reckless, a horse that held official rank in the U.S. Marine Corps was purchased 1952 for $250 from a Korean stableboy at the Seoul racetrack who needed money to buy an artificial leg for his sister.

Reckless served in numerous combat actions during the Korean War, carrying supplies and ammunition, and was also used to evacuate wounded. Learning each supply route after only a couple of trips, she often traveled to deliver supplies to the troops on her own, without benefit of a handler. In a single day in March 1953, during fighting around Vegas Hill when she made 51 solo trips to resupply multiple front line units. She was given the battlefield rank of corporal in 1953, and then a battlefield promotion to sergeant in 1954. She also was awarded two Purple Hearts, a Marine Corps Good Conduct Medal, and several other military honors.

During the 140th Kentucky Derby, Reckless sponsored the Eight Belles race in an effort to increase awareness about the Korean War.

04/29/2015

David Rubenstein Donates $5.37 Million to the National Park Foundation to Restore U.S. Marine Corps ‘Iwo Jima’ Memorial

02/14/2015

The National Park Service and the George Washington Memorial Parkway wishes to remind everyone that Monday, February 16th is the Federal holiday officially known as "George Washington's Birthday." Ironically, while the parkway has the official presidential memorials to Theodore Roosevelt and Lyndon Baines Johnson, the United States government is not celebrating "President's Day." So remind your friends, family, and coworkers on Monday to honor the first and greatest of the American presidents...George Washington.

Our National Parks are meant to be loved and also are places of love. Watch this Valentine's Day video of love blossomin...
02/13/2015

Our National Parks are meant to be loved and also are places of love. Watch this Valentine's Day video of love blossoming at dozens of National Park sites, including Great Falls Park in Virginia, which like the U.S. Marine Corps War Memorial, is part of the George Washington Memorial Parkway.

Each year thousands of people come to public lands to express their love. Here are a few of those special moments. Happy Valentine's Day from all of us here ...

USMC in World War IIOn this Superbowl Sunday, it is worth remembering the real heroes of American Football. During World...
02/01/2015

USMC in World War II

On this Superbowl Sunday, it is worth remembering the real heroes of American Football. During World War II, eleven football players who joined the United States Marine Corps and underwent training at Parris Island, South Carolina.

Shown kneeling in the image are Tommy Davis, Duke University; Mike Micka, Colgate University; Bert Gianelli, College of Pacific; Elmer Jones, Franklin and Marshall; Alex Agase, Purdue University; Pat Preston, Duke; Ralph Heywood, University of Southern California; and standing are Angelo Bertelli, University of Notre Dame; John Podesto, College of Pacific; Tony Butkovich, Purdue University; Mickey McCardle, University of Southern California.

January 20, 1953: USMC on This DateWomen Marines from Quantico assembled in Washington, D.C. to participate in the inaug...
01/20/2015

January 20, 1953: USMC on This Date

Women Marines from Quantico assembled in Washington, D.C. to participate in the inaugural parade for President Dwight D. Eisenhower.

January 12, 1944: Netherlands CarillonFirst Lady Eleanor Roosevelt wrote a newspaper column called "My Day" in which she...
01/12/2015

January 12, 1944: Netherlands Carillon

First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt wrote a newspaper column called "My Day" in which she gave short accounts of her life. After a visit in January 1944, Eleanor commented about Princess Juliana of Netherlands, who lived in exile during World War II. Mrs. Roosevelt wrote that, "Last night I attended the Netherland-America Foundation dinner in honor of Princess Juliana of the Netherlands. It is always a great pleasure for me to be with this young princess who is so deeply interested in the good of her country. She has already begun making studies of the best ways to handle certain conditions after the war, and is showing foresight in her preparation for her return to Holland."

Queen Juliana assumed the throne in 1948 and Eleanor Roosevelt visited her often in the Dutch Netherlands. The friendship between them was strong and deep.

On the Twelfth Day of Christmas....Last year marines at Cherry Point, North Carolina gathered their Christmas trees and ...
01/06/2015

On the Twelfth Day of Christmas....

Last year marines at Cherry Point, North Carolina gathered their Christmas trees and delivered them to Fort Macon State Park, where they are being used to help preserve the beaches and dunes from erosion.

“Not only do these trees help as a wind block, but the trees also help build new dunes,” said Park Ranger Paul Branch with Fort Macon State Park. Branch said this effort has been going on since 1964 and uses more than 1,500 trees annually to fortify the dunes.

Park rangers strategically place the trees to catch blowing sand. Over time, the trees are covered with sand and become part of the dune. Each year, park personnel stack more trees in the same areas, helping to build up the dunes. Eventually, nature takes over. Wild vegetation begins to grow to further build the dune’s strength.

“The project helps ensure a better tomorrow for the community.” said Branch. “The service members who donate to this project ensure that it continues to work year after year.”

December 29, 1896: USMC in the Civil WarOn this date, Rear Admiral Samuel Francis Du Pont wrote to Colonel John Harris, ...
12/29/2014

December 29, 1896: USMC in the Civil War

On this date, Rear Admiral Samuel Francis Du Pont wrote to Colonel John Harris, Commandant of the Marine Corps and declared that, "Throughout my professional life, I have looked upon the Corps as a most valuable part of our naval organization, and this opinion has only been the more confirmed by every year’s additional experience in active service."

12/14/2014
12/13/2014

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12/13/2014

December 13, 2014 is the Day of the Horse

In 1967, the Marine Corps Mounted Color Guard was formed at Marine Corps Logistics Base Barstow and is the only remaining Mounted Color Guard in the Marine Corps today.

Horses in the unit are wild mustangs of Palomino color adopted from the Bureau of Land Management's Adopt a Horse and B***o Program. The mounts are gentled and trained by the Marines. The Mounted Color Guard members are active-duty Marines who volunteer their time-evenings, weekends and holidays-and perform these duties in addition to their regular duties. This unit travels all over the Western United States participating in parades, rodeos, and many other numerous events and ceremonies.

In January 1985, the Mounted Color Guard made its first appearance in the Tournament of Roses Parade. Since January 1990, the Mounted Color Guard has consistently participated in the Tournament of Roses Parade.

December 11, 2014 is International Mountain DayLast winter, Marines with Company I, 3rd Battalion, 1st Marine Regiment, ...
12/11/2014

December 11, 2014 is International Mountain Day

Last winter, Marines with Company I, 3rd Battalion, 1st Marine Regiment, also known as the “Thundering Third,” were at the Sekiyama Training Area is Japan. Although snow, ice and rain created harsh weather conditions, it could not stop them as they put their cold-weather survival skills to the test.

Training in the mountains brought unfamiliar conditions to the Marines primarily stationed in sunny Southern California. “I’m very proud of the guys,” said Capt. David T. Fenbert, an infantry officer and the company commander. “They definitely worked through some adverse conditions out there. Not many of these Marines have been subjected to the cold weather and this amount of snow (before), but they performed excellent out there and got the job done.”

December 10, 2014 is Human Rights DayMarine Corps combat engineers, attached to Special Marine Air-Ground Task Force-24,...
12/10/2014

December 10, 2014 is Human Rights Day

Marine Corps combat engineers, attached to Special Marine Air-Ground Task Force-24, taught a group of Peruvian Marines how to search for mines. The 10 nation Partnership of the Americas/ Southern Exchange focused on interoperability between the USMC and forces from nine other partner nations. It exposed them to fundamentals of peacekeeping operations and humanitarian aid/disaster relief missions that are common amongst Marines throughout the Americas: patrolling, convoy operations, checkpoint operations, civil affairs, human rights training and military operations in urban terrain.

December 7, 2014 is National Cotton Candy DayEarlier this year, U.S. Marine Corps Lance Corporal Andrew McCullough with ...
12/07/2014

December 7, 2014 is National Cotton Candy Day

Earlier this year, U.S. Marine Corps Lance Corporal Andrew McCullough with General Support Maintenance Company, 2nd Maintenance Battalion, 2nd Marine Logistics Group, served cotton candy on family day on Camp Lejeune in Norh Carolina. The Marines of 2nd Maintenance Battalion showcased tactical vehicles and weapons to friends and family members to raise money for the Marine Corps ball.

12/07/2014

Celebrate the Season at Arlington House

On Sunday, December 7, 2014, two groups will be performing holiday favorites at Arlington House the Robert E. Lee Memorial.

Yorktown Woodwind Quintet: 9:30 am-12:00 noon

Washington-Lee High School Madrigal Choir: 1:30 pm-4:00 pm

December 6, 2014 is St. Nicholas Day Have you ever noticed that the world's greatest people have red dress uniforms? Thi...
12/06/2014

December 6, 2014 is St. Nicholas Day

Have you ever noticed that the world's greatest people have red dress uniforms? This, of course, includes St. Nicholas, a.k.a. Santa Claus!

Last year Santa visited the Marine Corps Air Station in Beaufort, South Carolina and he arrived at the Marine All-Weather Fighter Attack Squadron 533 Christmas party in one of the squadrons F-18s.

U.S. Marine Corps Reserve Toys for Tots ProgramSince 1947, the Toys for Tots Program has distributed more than 452 milli...
12/05/2014

U.S. Marine Corps Reserve Toys for Tots Program

Since 1947, the Toys for Tots Program has distributed more than 452 million toys to more than 209 million children in need. This charitable endeavor has made the Marine Corps the unchallenged leader in collecting new, unwrapped toys during October, November and December each year, and distributing those toys as Christmas gifts.

To donate, visit http://toysfortots.org/donate/toys.aspx

December 5, 1973: USMC on This DateIn Washington, D.C., Headquarters Marine Corps ordered that women officers were allow...
12/05/2014

December 5, 1973: USMC on This Date

In Washington, D.C., Headquarters Marine Corps ordered that women officers were allowed to command units composed mostly of men. The marines were the last of four services to do so.

December 4, 2014 is National Cookie DayLast April, Marines at Camp Leatherneck in Afghanistan received 5,700 boxes of co...
12/04/2014

December 4, 2014 is National Cookie Day

Last April, Marines at Camp Leatherneck in Afghanistan received 5,700 boxes of cookies. They were donated by the Girl Scouts of Nassau County, New York.

December 3, 2014 is International Day of Persons With DisabilitiesMerlin German was a United States Marine Corps sergean...
12/03/2014

December 3, 2014 is International Day of Persons With Disabilities

Merlin German was a United States Marine Corps sergeant stationed in Iraq who survived a roadside bomb blast in 2005. He became a symbol of recovery and was soon known as the "Miracle Marine," during the 17 months he spent hospitalized following the blast. German eventually regained the ability to walk, and set up a charity for child burn victims. Just over three years after the blast, he died following a minor skin graft surgery.

Recently the USMC Wounded Warrior Regiment dedicated a portrait of Sergeant Merlin German at their wounded warrior call center. The call center, which was named after Sgt. German in December 2008, is open 24 hours a day, seven days a week. The Sergeant Merlin German Wounded Warrior Call Center, established in 2007, renders assistance to wounded, ill and injured Marines, Marine veterans, and their families with obtaining benefits and referrals, providing information on community reintegration services, and a multitude of other resources.

For information on the USMC Wounded Warrior Regiment or the Sgt. Merlin German Wounded Warrior Call Center, please contact 1-877-487-6299 or go to www.woundedwarriorregiment.org.

December 2, 2014 is National Mutt DayLast year, Staff Sergeant Chopper IV retired after ten years with the Three Marine ...
12/02/2014

December 2, 2014 is National Mutt Day

Last year, Staff Sergeant Chopper IV retired after ten years with the Three Marine Expeditionary Force Band at Camp Foster in Okinawa, Japan. The mixed-breed dog served as the band's mascot during community events. He is succeeded by Private Chopper V, a golden retriever puppy.

Open this link to see a charming video showing Chopper's retirement ceremony:
http://www.dvidshub.net/video/288904/marine-band-mascots-farewell #.VH4pAnyBHIU

December 2, 2014 is International Day for the Abolition of SlaveryTwo years ago, service members from all branches of se...
12/02/2014

December 2, 2014 is International Day for the Abolition of Slavery

Two years ago, service members from all branches of service in Okinawa Japan, participated in a 212-mile bike ride to raise awareness of human trafficking for the organization "Stop Slavery."

“A bunch of us got together and talked about how we wanted to do our part in support of this worldwide issue,” said Lieutenant Commander Joshua C. Treesh from the Marine Corps Air Station Futenma. “It wasn’t about the physical pain we would endure during the ride – it was about raising awareness and giving a voice to those who don’t have one. We chose cycling because we knew it was going to be a big challenge for us.”

“As a Marine, I had the mentality to never give up and push forward for the cause,” said Corporal Andrew J. Barrow. “Human trafficking is a huge issue and I will do anything I can to raise awareness and help those in need.”

December 1, 2014 is Civil Air Patrol DayLast year, Civil Air Patrol cadets visited the Marine Corps Air Station New Rive...
12/01/2014

December 1, 2014 is Civil Air Patrol Day

Last year, Civil Air Patrol cadets visited the Marine Corps Air Station New River in North Carolina to test out the MV-22B Osprey simulators.

The Civil Air Patrol is the official auxiliary unit for the Air Force. It got its start in World War II as civilian pilots volunteered to patrol shores and borders in search of enemy boats and submarines.

The purpose of the visit was to give to cadets hands-on experience with their aerospace education and to open their eyes to career fields in the military and in aviation.

November 30, 1953: USMC in the Korean WarOn this date, the United States Marine Corps manpower stood at 251,770 men and ...
11/30/2014

November 30, 1953: USMC in the Korean War

On this date, the United States Marine Corps manpower stood at 251,770 men and women. This was the highest it will achieve during the Korean War period.

November 29, 1842: USMC on This DateIn Liberia, Commodore Matthew C. Perry directed marines ashore to suppress piracy an...
11/29/2014

November 29, 1842: USMC on This Date

In Liberia, Commodore Matthew C. Perry directed marines ashore to suppress piracy and slave trade in the region. As commander of the African Squadron, Perry was theoretically working the British West African Squadron, which was based in Sierra Leone. In reality the squadrons worked independently, which contributed to the ineffectiveness of Perry's squadron to suppress the slave trade. In addition, Secretary of the Navy Abel Parker Upshur was a Southerner, who was a strong advocate of slavery, and Upshur assigned only a handful of ships to support Perry's mission.

November 29, 1776: USMC in the American RevolutionOn this date, the brig USS Reprisal manned by sailors and marines ente...
11/29/2014

November 29, 1776: USMC in the American Revolution

On this date, the brig USS Reprisal manned by sailors and marines entered Quiberon Bay, France. It carried Benjamin Franklin, Silas Deane, and Arthur Lee, who were sent by the Continental Congress to serve as diplomatic commissioners with the French government. The Reprisal was the first Continental Ship in European Waters.

Thanksgiving DayU.S. Navy Capt. Grady T. Banister, commanding officer of the USS Iwo Jima, cuts the Thanksgiving cake ab...
11/27/2014

Thanksgiving Day

U.S. Navy Capt. Grady T. Banister, commanding officer of the USS Iwo Jima, cuts the Thanksgiving cake aboard the amphibious assault ship USS Iwo Jima, November 22, 2012. The 24th Marine Expeditionary Unit was deployed with the Iwo Jima Amphibious Ready Group. for most of 2012, the marines supported a variety of missions in the U.S. Central, Africa and European Commands, assisted the Navy in safeguarding sea lanes, and conducted various bilateral and unilateral training events in several countries in the Middle East and Africa

Thanksgiving Day is always a time for families. President George Bush believed this when he joined American servicemen f...
11/27/2014

Thanksgiving Day is always a time for families. President George Bush believed this when he joined American servicemen for Thanksgiving in Iraq during the Gulf War.

President Bush declared that, "As we gather together for Thanksgiving this year, America has much to be truly grateful for. To those of you who are spending this holiday away from your loved ones to defend our nation's security and that of our allies, I am deeply grateful. To those of you on duty in the Persian Gulf, I say a special thank you....

As members of our Armed Forces worldwide, your strength and readiness allow the flames of freedom and democracy to glow brightly. You represent America's best -- the world's best hope for the future. No matter where you are, I hope you're safe and well. The entire Bush family wishes you and your family a happy Thanksgiving. May God bless you and bring you home safely and soon."

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November 22, 2014 is Humane Society Anniversary DayMarines stationed at Cherry Point, North Carolina, spent one day last...
11/22/2014

November 22, 2014 is Humane Society Anniversary Day

Marines stationed at Cherry Point, North Carolina, spent one day last helping care for homeless animals at the Carteret County Humane Society in Newport. They spent the morning cleaning cages and kennels, doing dishes, feeding the animals and walking the dogs.

“Having volunteers helps out a lot here,” said Rachel E. Jackson, Carteret County Humane Society employee. “The staff here does not always get the chance to walk the dogs as often as they need to, so when volunteers come, the dogs get to walk and socialize with other people.”

Once the chores were done, the helpers were allowed to let dogs out of the kennels and walk them. When they walked into the kennels with leashes in hand, the dogs jumped up and showed their excitement to get some exercise. The Marines made sure every dog got a chance to run around outside of their cages.

November 19, 2014 is GIS Day (Geographic Information Systems)One year ago, the Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center in ...
11/19/2014

November 19, 2014 is GIS Day (Geographic Information Systems)

One year ago, the Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center in Twentynine Palms, California, hosted the first GIS Day at Palm Vista Elementary School. Fourth through sixth-grade students were given the opportunity to use map-making equipment.

One group went outside to plot different points throughout the elementary school. The children were told to plot things including trash cans, basketball hoops, and shrubs. Once the students plotted the points they uploaded the information onto a computer. The children entered the points; onto the electronic map and completed it by adding a title, legend and compass rose.

Another group was given coordinates to follow. The students typed the coordinates into a GPS and walked to their next location. Each location had more coordinates and clues as to where the prize was located. The final coordinates led the children to their prizes of candy and different GIS-themed items.

November 16, 2014 is World Day of Remembrance for Road Traffic VictimsLast year near U.S. Naval Base Chinha in South Kor...
11/16/2014

November 16, 2014 is World Day of Remembrance for Road Traffic Victims

Last year near U.S. Naval Base Chinha in South Korea, five Marines rushed to the aid of a motorist trapped inside a cargo truck after the fully loaded vehicle rolled over and skidded off the road. They cut the seat belt to free the trapped driver, moved him to safety and performed first aid to treat profuse bleeding and other injuries.

Corporal Zachariah L. Riley–along with Lance Corporals Brent D. Nelson, Brandon E. Hodges, Adam C. Donahue, and Detrick L. Milton–were on their way back to Pohang, South Korea, when they witnessed the accident.

“The U.S. Marines and ROK Marines are the most cohesive military team in the Western Pacific,” said Maj. Gen. Michael R. Regner, commanding general of U.S. Marine Corps Forces, Korea. “The training they engage in to protect the Korean people from aggression enables them to always be ready. This life-saving action by these Marines is another example of our dedication to the Korean and U.S. alliance.”

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MARINE CORPS WAR MEMORIAL 🇺🇸

Il Marine Corps War Memorial è un monumento statunitense situato nella contea di Arlington, in Virginia, più precisamente fuori le mura del cimitero nazionale di Arlington.

Il monumento è dedicato ai marine morti per la difesa degli USA dal 1775 in poi, ed è ispirato alla fotografia intitolata "Raising the Flag on Iwo Jima", scattata dal fotografo dell'Associated Press Joe Rosenthal durante la battaglia di Iwo Jima, scelta dal designer Felix de Weldon perché ritenuta familiare dal popolo statunitense.

La scultura è alta 23,77 metri e lunga 18,29 m. Poggia su un piedistallo di granito svedese che è ricoperto da uno strato di lucido granito nero sul quale sono incise date e nomi dei più grandi scontri a cui hanno preso parte i marines. Sul piedistallo è anche trascritta una frase pronunciata dall'ammiraglio Chester Nimitz, la quale riguarda il comportamento tenuto dai marine a Iwo Jima: "Uncommon Valor was a Common Virtue", che tradotto significa "i valori non comuni erano una virtù comune".

Il monumento è stato inaugurato il 10 novembre 1954 dal presidente statunitense Dwight D. Eisenhower.

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, named in honor of CPL (Ret.) Timothy Donley, USMC Wounded Warrior, in front of the US Marine Corps War Memorial in Washington DC.