EEYM – Young Marines earning their rifle qualification ribbon. Nine of the Emerald Empire Young Marines received a special ribbon after shooting 30 rounds each at targets 25 yards away to qualify. Another great day for the Young Marines and adult leaders of EEYM.
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Emerald Empire Young Marine – EEYM 10th annual Raft Trip down the McKenzie River in Oregon. It has been a long-standing tradition with our Unit. Every year is a little different, this year was especially different because of the fire that ravaged the country side last year. The landscape looked very different, very sad. We always stop and have a nice lunch, and dive off a big rock that is always a challenge for each EEYM Young Marine. Great time perfect weather the day we floated.
Emerald Empire Young Marines marched in the Springfield Veterans Day parade. On November 12th, EEYM marched in the Albany Veterans Day parade. On both days it was an honor to see the many active or retired military veterans that participated in the parades, including those that served during WWII.
At both the Albany and Springfield parades entrants included youth organizations such as the Emerald Empire and Lynn – Benton Young Marines, Lebanon High School ROTC, Willamette Leadership Academy, Springfield, Thurston, Albany and other school bands; Boy Scouts, Cub Scouts and Girl Scouts and several other youth groups.
Also honoring our vets were many adult and family organizations and groups such as fire departments, motorcycle and car clubs, equestrian groups, military associations, families and businesses.
What a great opportunity Veterans Day along with it’s parades is for each of us to reflect upon and show our appreciation for those, that have served and continue to serve our country so honorably. Never let us forget the many men and women that have sacrificed life and body so that we have the opportunity to live in a free United States of America.
Attention Emerald Empire Young Marines: Please take a moment and open the attached article from the Albany Democrat-herald. You will see an article about Young Marine Sgt. Maj. Ian Search who all of you know. You can be very proud that one of our North Oregon Battalion Young Marines has achieved this honor. Sgt. Major Search will be representing the 6th Division at the National Adult Leaders convention in Reno Nevada.
Terry Anderson, XO, EEYM
The Young Marines are a Drug Demand Reduction and leadership program supported by the United States Marine Corps. The Young Marines are sponsored by the Marine Corps League. Overall the Young Marine program teaches you leadership, responsibility, knowledge, respect, patience and how to live a healthy, drug-free lifestyle.
The Young Marines were founded in 1959 in Waterbury Connecticut. Now Young Marine units are found all over the United States and Internationally. [Read more…]