Thursday, February 16, 2017

Fellow Marine parents,

If you are interested in the Marine Corps Marathon, or participating in other athletic events in support of your recruit or Marine, check out our first article about our fundraising initiative, Team Marine Parents. 

Also in this newsletter, learn about the history of the Eagle, Globe, and Anchor, our featured volunteer, what happens after boot camp, and an upcoming event showing support for Gold Star Families.

God bless and Semper Fi!

This year, the 42nd Marine Corps Marathon (MCM) will be held on Sunday, October 22. As a Marine Corps charity partner, Team Marine Parents™ (TMP) has registered 40 bibs for the October 22nd race.

In order to participate in the MCM with TMP, runners are asked to commit to two requirements before they receive their bib registration information:

We require a deposit of the standard $160.81 (registration fee + processing) MCM entry fee, payable on registration.

We also require that you join Team Marine Parents, and commit to raising $500 in charitable donations for, Inc.

The Eagle Globe and Anchor (EGA)
The eagle, globe, and anchor insignia is a testament to the training of the individual Marine, to the history and traditions of the Marine Corps, and to the values upheld by the Corps. It represents "those intangible possessions that cannot be issued: pride, honor, integrity, and being able to carry on the traditions for generations of warriors past." Said retired Sergeant Major David W. Sommers, "the emblem of the Corps is the common thread that binds all Marines together, officer and enlisted, past and present...The eagle, globe and anchor tells the world who we are, what we stand for, and what we are capable of, in a single glance."
What Comes After Boot Camp?

What happens when your Marine graduates and leaves the Marine Corps Recruit Depot? Where does your new Marine go next? What's After Boot?

To that end, every Marine goes on to additional weapons training at the at School of Infantry (SOI) following boot camp graduation. Your Marine should ask questions about his/her orders prior to departure from the Recruit Depot.

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Featured Volunteer:
Crista Fair

Crista has been a volunteer for Official Facebook Groups since October of 2015 and is a proud Marine Mom.

According to Crista, "[T]here is just something very special about helping other families get through Recruit period. To be able to offer support, advice, and information to help ease the angst we all felt while our [recruits] are in boot camp."

Tiffney Tinney, the 2nd Battalion San Diego Leader in Facebook says, "Crista has provided countless members with positive encouragement and guidance on their journey in boot camp. She has made a positive difference in so many lives. She is a terrific and dedicated MarineParents volunteer."

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The Gold Star Luminary Initiative

The mission of the Gold Star Luminary Initiative is to promote awareness of Gold Star Family Day and urge organizations and individuals in communities throughout the United States to light luminaries at dusk on the last Sunday of each September in honor of our fallen heroes.

We ask that you light a luminary on Gold Star Family Day. Please pledge your support of this special day and encourage your community to light luminaries, honoring members of all branches of the service, including those who have lost the fight after struggling to reintegrate into civilian life. Our goal is to have as many communities as possible in each state support the families of our fallen heroes. There is power in numbers and together we can show Gold Star families that we are a grateful nation.

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