PUBLIC NEWS RELEASES
Red Carpet Event for the Young Marines Documentary Premiere Followed by PBS Airing in KY
Friday, October 31, 2014
 
The national premiere of a 30-minute documentary film, “Generations of Honor: A Year with the Young Marines”, will take place at the historic Kentucky Theatre. The film will air on PBS in KY on Veteran’s Day.
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Young Marines Alumni Association is Launched
Monday, October 27, 2014
 
The Young Marines youth organization now has an Alumni Association for its more than 60,000 former members. Former YM SgtMajor Edgar Huff, who was the 2004 National Young Marine of the Year, has been named executive director of the new association.
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Young Marines Wins its 6th Dept. of Defense Award for Anti-Drug Education
Monday, October 20, 2014
 
The Young Marines youth organization’s Drug Demand Reduction Program is the winner of the 2014 Annual Fulcrum Shield Award for Excellence in Youth Anti-Drug Education.
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GLOCK donates $50,000 to the Young Marines at the 2014 AUSA Annual Meeting
Wednesday, October 15, 2014
 
The Young Marines received a $50,000 donation from GLOCK on Monday, Oct. 13, at the Association of United States Army (AUSA) Annual Meeting & Expo.
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American Legion Child Welfare Foundation Recipients Share Success of Grant
Wednesday, September 24, 2014
 
Joe Lusignan, Deputy Director, West Coast Operations of the Young Marines, discusses "Closing the gate on Drugs" Drug Demand Reduction kits with American Legion family members during the eighth annual Children & Youth Conference in Indianapolis.
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223 Young Marines meet World War II Navajo Code Talkers
Tuesday, September 02, 2014
 
Two hundred twenty three members of the Young Marines including registered adult leaders traveled to Window Rock, AZ, to be part of Navajo Code Talkers Day which was Thursday, Aug. 14. Seventeen veteran Navajo Code Talkers attended.
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Scott Riley of the Columbus Young Marines named ‘National Adult Volunteer of the Year’
Wednesday, August 27, 2014
 
The Young Marines youth organization has named Scott Riley the “National Adult Volunteer of the Year” at the annual Adult Leaders Conference held in Washington D.C. Riley is the Unit Commander of Columbus Young Marines from Division 5 located in Colu
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Young Marines announces ‘National Unit of the Year’ - Lt. Alexander Bonnyman Unit from Knoxville, TN
Tuesday, August 19, 2014
 
The Young Marines youth organization announced the “National Unit of the Year” – Division Three’s Lt. Alexander Bonnyman Unit in Knoxville, TN, under the command of Virgil L. Young, Jr.
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National Executive Director and CEO Mike Kessler announces future retirement from the Young Marines
Thursday, August 07, 2014
 
Mike Kessler, National Executive Director and CEO of the Young Marines, announces his retirement which will take place in late 2015.
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The Young Marines unveil a new and expanded Drug Demand Reduction Program: ‘Closing the Gate on Drugs’
Monday, July 14, 2014
 
The Young Marines youth organization took its drug demand reduction efforts to the next level by launching a new program titled, “Closing the Gate on Drugs.” The program focuses on the drugs that our youth are exposed to early and most often - the ga
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The DEA and Young Marines present Enrique ‘Kiki’ Camarena Awards to six units
Monday, June 16, 2014
 
The DEA and Young Marines announce Enrique "Kiki" Camarena Award winners. The award honors six units, one award per division, for drug demand reduction efforts through community education and peer-to-peer role modeling.
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Blake DeWeese named ‘National Young Marine of the Year’
Friday, June 13, 2014
 
The Young Marines youth organization announced the 2014 - 2015 “National Young Marine of the Year” – YM SgtMaj Blake W. DeWeese, 18, of Beaverton, OR. As National Young Marine of the Year, DeWeese will travel throughout the country representing the Y
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Young Marines grateful for a grant from American Legion Child Welfare Foundation
Wednesday, April 30, 2014
 
The American Legion Child Welfare Foundation has provided a $90,000 grant to the Young Marines youth organization for the purpose of creating printed materials to use in its campaigns to reduce the demand for drugs through education.
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The Young Marines News Network wins second Telly Award
Monday, April 28, 2014
 
The 35th annual Telly Awards have been announced, and a Nov., 2013, broadcast of the Young Marines News Network won a 2014 bronze Telly in the online video category.
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Honorary Young Marine Zach Veach, teen race car driver, wins Indy Lights
Tuesday, April 08, 2014
 
The Young Marines youth organization salutes teen race car driver Zach Veach, 19, on his first place win in the season opener of the Indy Lights race held Sunday, March 30, in St. Petersburg, FL. He won by leading every lap of the race.
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Ten Young Marines Return From a Very Special ‘Reunion of Honor’ on Guam and Iwo Jima
Tuesday, March 11, 2014
 
Young Marines traveled to Guam and Iwo Jima for the annual “Reunion of Honor.” Each year, American and Japanese veterans and their families come together for remembrances of their fallen brothers and to recall the fierce battles.
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Twenty Young Marines to participate in United Nations Conference
Thursday, March 06, 2014
 
Twenty youth members of the Young Marines youth organization are traveling from across the country to New York City on March 8 – 12, 2014, to participate in a conference held by the United Nations.
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Young Marines names six Division Young Marines of the Year
Tuesday, January 28, 2014
 
The Young Marines youth organization has named six division winners in its most prestigious award - the “Division Young Marines of the Year.”
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ABC Features the Young Marines Performing a Wreath Laying Ceremony at Pearl Harbor
Sunday, December 08, 2013
 
Friday, Dec. 6, youth members of the Young Marines performed a wreath laying ceremony at the National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific, Honolulu, HI, in memory of the brave men and women who are interred there.
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Young Marines From Across the Nation Travel to Hawaii for 72nd Anniversary of Pearl Harbor Attack
Monday, December 02, 2013
 
Youth members of the Young Marines will travel to Hawaii to participate in the 72nd anniversary Pearl Harbor Day Commemoration. The Young Marines will lead the Pearl Harbor Memorial Parade in Honolulu and perform a wreath laying ceremony at the Natio
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Red Carpet Event for the Young Marines Documentary Premiere Followed by PBS Airing in KY
Friday, October 31, 2014
 

Young Marines DocumentaryThe national premiere of a 30-minute documentary film, “Generations of Honor: A Year with the Young Marines”, will take place at 6 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 5, at the historic Kentucky Theatre, 214 E. Main St., Lexington.

The film will reach 4 million statewide television viewers as it airs multiple times from Nov. 10 – 23, on PBS station Kentucky Educational Television KET including a special showing at 7:30 p.m. on Veteran’s Day – Tuesday, Nov. 11.

Attending a pre-film reception on Nov. 5 will be dignitaries from the Young Marines organization; the filmmaker’s team; youth members from Kentucky’s three units – Northern Kentucky, Lexington and Richmond; and state of Kentucky luminaries.

250 seats have been saved for veterans, active duty military personnel and reservists who are welcome as the honored guests of the Young Marines. Seating is on a first come, first serve basis. For groups of ten or more, please email movie@youngmarines.com.

The film explores the Young Marines, a unique and vibrant national youth organization whose members are dedicated to living a drug-free lifestyle and committed to honoring generations of American military men and women who paved the way for freedom.

Featured in the film are the Young Marine of the Year (2013) Dakota Richter, Young Marine adult volunteers and senior leadership including National Executive Director (and retired Marine Corps officer) Michael Kessler.

A High Impact Production film produced by Pinnacle Productions of Lexington, the film shows the activities of the Young Marines through the course of a year.

“Having worked on video projects with the Young Marines for 12 years, I felt strongly that their remarkable story would be best told in documentary form,” said Douglas High, executive producer and director of the film and owner of High Impact Productions.

High is also Co-Anchor of Good Morning Kentucky, weekdays on the ABC TV affiliate in Lexington, WTVQ TV-36.

“I am grateful to National Executive Director Mike Kessler for his enthusiasm and support of the project throughout the production year as our cameras followed the Young Marine missions to honor Americas Veterans in Washington DC, Pearl Harbor,

Guam and Iwo Jima,” High said. “We were there in Arizona as they were introduced to the remaining, iconic WWII Navajo Code talkers. I’m confident that viewers will be very moved by what they see and will sleep sounder knowing these young people are stepping up to take on leadership roles in their communities and our country.”

Eleven thousand boys and girls ages 8 to18 are Young Marines. Units thrive in nearly every state in the country and build character, leadership and self esteem in their members through their core values of leadership, teamwork and discipline.

One way the Young Marines teach these values is by honoring military heroes past and present. The film shows individual and unit accomplishments in their mission to honor and preserve military legacy by recognizing and supporting veterans of WWII, Korea, Vietnam, Gulf War and heroes of the War on Terror.

“This important work of the Young Marines is informative and touching to our audiences,” Mike Kessler said. “Doug did a superb job, and we are extremely proud to bring our mission and message to a regional and national audience.”

The Young Marines is a national non-profit 501c(3) youth education and service program for boys and girls, age eight through the completion of high school. The Young Marines promotes the mental, moral and physical development of its members. The program focuses on teaching the values of leadership, teamwork and self-discipline so its members can live and promote a healthy, drug-free lifestyle.

Since the Young Marines' humble beginnings in 1959 with one unit and a handful of boys, the organization has grown to over 300 units with 11,000 youth and 3,000 adult volunteers in 46 states, the District of Columbia, Germany, Japan and affiliates in a host of other countries.

For more information, email movie@youngmarines.com or visit the Young Marines website at: http://www.YoungMarines.com.

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