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Citizenship

Young Marines show deep devotion to military veterans from any era and from any branch of service. Several intergenerational experiences (described below) strengthen that devotion and are positive for both youth members and veterans. 

Community Service

Participation in Your Community :

The Young Marines program encourages unit participation in local civic activities, such as providing color guards for athletic events, marching in local parades and activities promoting and reinforcing good citizenship. We like to hear from units, and particularly enjoy suggestions from units who have been able to make their communities aware of and promote the Young Marines program and our efforts to promote a healthy, drug free life for America’s youths.

  
Local Unit Citizenship

Young Marines units all over the country participate in color guards and flag retirement ceremonies in their respective communities.

At Christmastime, Young Marines take part in wreath-laying ceremonies at cemeteries across the country, at sea and abroad as part of National Wreaths Across America Day. When a youth member places a wreath on a veteran’s grave, he or she is encouraged to speak that veteran’s name aloud and thank the veteran for service and sacrifice.  This time of year, units also participate in Toys for Tots.

Being aware of the country’s threatened environment, members of Young Marines’ units help their individual communities by projects to clean up beaches, parks, rivers, roads, etc.

Several Young Marines units participate in Ramps for Warriors. Any service member who needs a ramp built to access his or her home can apply for this free service. A Unit Commander assesses the needs for the job, then the work is done.

Many units collect items for care packages sent to troops who are serving in foreign lands. Items are
collected, sorted, boxed, and mailed to troops that are now serving in harm’s way.
Strengthening the lives of America's youth
A national youth program for boys and girls, ages eight through high school, focused on leadership, citizenship through community service, self-discipline, and living a healthy, drug-free lifestyle.
Headquarters Young Marines
17739 Main Street, Suite 250
Dumfries, VA 22026

800-717-0060 Phone
202-315-3594 Fax