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.
Learn More...

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.
Learn More...

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.
Learn More...

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.”
Learn More...

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.
Learn More...

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
Learn More...

Gary Weisbaum named Chief Marketing Officer of the Young Marines youth organization
Monday, November 18, 2013
 
Gary Weisbaum accepted a position as the Chief Marketing Officer for the Young Marines. Weisbaum will coordinate the Young Marines brand and marketing programs across the United States.
Learn More...

Two Young Marines awarded Jimmie Trimble Scholarships at American Veterans Center Honors Awards Banquet
Thursday, November 14, 2013
 
YM MGySgt Mary Ann Wessell of Cleveland, OH, and YM MSgt Nathan Baker of Atlanta, GA, are the recipients of the Young Marines’ Jimmie Trimble Scholarship Awards which were presented at a black tie event on Saturday, Nov. 9, hosted by the American Vet
Learn More...

For the Young Marines, Veterans’ Appreciation Week is all year long
Friday, November 01, 2013
 
Members of the Young Marines celebrate America’s veterans all year long, reaching more than 30,000 men and women who have served in the armed forces. The members of the Young Marines will participate in Veterans’ Appreciation Week - Nov. 4 - 11, 2013
Learn More...

Young Marines participate in Red Ribbon Week - Oct. 23 – 31, 2013
Tuesday, October 22, 2013
 
Young Marines units from all over the country are participating in projects to support Red Ribbon Week – Oct. 23 – 31, 2013, which is the oldest and largest drug prevention program in the nation.
Learn More...

Young Marines Symposium: A hatching ground for good ideas
Thursday, October 10, 2013
 
Advanced or senior members of the Young Marines will be traveling to Arlington, VA, for the annual national Young Marines Symposium held Thursday to Monday, Oct. 10–14, 2013.
Learn More...

‘Semper Fidelis’ among tween and teen sisters
Thursday, October 03, 2013
 
Some sisters share doll collections. Some share a passion for ballet. The four Base sisters from Seal Beach, CA, can holler, "Oorah," and mean it. The sisters, ranging in age from 9 to 15 have found a steel-strong bond within the Young Marines.
Learn More...

Young Marines Meet Living History During Navajo Code Talkers Day
Thursday, August 22, 2013
 
More than 100 members of the Young Marines traveled to AZ to be part of Navajo Code Talkers Day. The Young Marines not only met code talkers, they participated for three days acting as escorts for the WWII veterans.
Learn More...

National ‘Adult Volunteer of the Year’ leads the only Young Marines unit for kids with special needs
Thursday, July 18, 2013
 
The Young Marines youth organization has named its national “Adult Volunteer of the Year” –Vivian Price-Butler, 1stSgt, USMCR (ret) of the Central Maryland Young Marines.
Learn More...

Orlando Devil Dogs named Young Marines national ‘Unit of the Year’
Friday, June 07, 2013
 
The Young Marines named the Orlando Devil Dogs the national “Unit of the Year.” In addition, the Orlando Devil Dogs was named one of six unit winners of the Enrique "Kiki" Camarena Award for their drug demand reduction education efforts.
Learn More...

The DEA and Young Marines present six Enrique ‘Kiki’ Camarena Awards
Tuesday, June 04, 2013
 
The Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) and The Young Marines youth organization announced the Young Marines unit winners of the Enrique "Kiki" Camarena Awards. The awards honor six Young Marines units for their drug demand reduction efforts throug
Learn More...

The Young Marines sponsor teen race car driver Zach Veach at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway
Tuesday, May 28, 2013
 
The Young Marines have sponsored 18-year-old Zach Veach’s race program for the past three years and they have partnered together to encourage youth to serve as leaders and remain drug-free.
Learn More...

Dakota Richter of Crestview, KY, named ‘National Young Marine of the Year’
Wednesday, May 22, 2013
 
The Young Marines youth organization named a new “National Young Marine of the Year” - SgtMaj Dakota Richter, 17, of Crestview Hills, Kentucky. As National Young Marine of the Year, Richter will be a mentor for the 10,000 youth members in the Young M
Learn More...

The Young Marines wins its fourth Telly Award
Thursday, May 09, 2013
 
The Young Marines win a 2013 bronze Telly Award in the online video category for the June, 2012, broadcast of the Young Marines News Network. This is the fourth Telly Award the Young Marines have won.
Learn More...

William J. Walker named to board of directors of the Young Marines
Tuesday, April 30, 2013
 
William J. Walker, deputy assistant administrator and special agent with the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) of the United States Department of Justice has been named to the board of directors of the Young Marines.
Learn More...
Young Marines member Sgt. Dakotah Thrall is a winner of annual GI Film Fest
Monday, April 08, 2013
 

Young Marines member Sgt. Dakotah Thrall from the Lewis and Clark Young Marines unit in Vancouver, Washington, is one of five winners of the annual GI Film Festival (GIFF) education project titled, “Heroes Remembered: Voices of Korean War Veterans.” YM Sgt Thrall is the son of Traci and Harold Thrall of Milwaukie, Oregon.

High School students were challenged to submit a three to five minute film capturing the story of American Korean War veterans. The contest was held in conjunction with the Department of Defense’s 60th anniversary of the Korean War.

“We are very proud of Dakotah,” said Michael Kessler, national director and CEO of the Young Marines. “This type of honor provides more than the thrill of winning. It reassures a young person of his or her talents and skills. It also reinforces our pledge to our veterans to ensure that their sacrifices are preserved through education and patriotic volunteerism.”

“Dakotah was so excited when he was notified that he won,” said his mother Traci Thrall. “He fell to his knees screaming, ‘I won! I won!’ He’s been on Cloud Nine ever since.”

At the age of six, Dakotah announced to his parents that when he grew up he was going to be a Marine. When he was 12, the family learned of the Young Marines organization, and Dakotah joined immediately.

“The Young Marines is such a great program,” said Traci Thrall. “It’s been a huge confidence builder for Dakotah.”

The top five films will be showcased during the 7th Annual GI Film Festival on Friday, May 10, in Washington D.C. In addition to the screening, each of the five winners will receive a $500 cash scholarship which will be presented at the event.

The mission of “Heroes Remembered: Voices of the Korean War” oral history project is to educate high school students about the sacrifices endured by veterans of the Korean War and to preserve their stories on film. Films were selected by entertainment industry experts who judged the entries based on creativity, technical merits and adherence to the mission of the project.

“We are pleased that high schools around the country and world—California, Virginia, Oregon, Guam, Korea—now have a better appreciation of what the veterans of the Korean War endured over 60 years ago,” said COL David J. Clark, Director, DoD 60th Anniversary of the Korean War Commemoration Committee. “The stories the students were able to capture are a priceless contribution to preserving our American history.”

The other four winners are Meagan Arnold of Stephens City, Virginia; Kyle Plummer of Cambria, California;  Aaron Long of Findlay, Ohio; and Jan Domingo of Santa Rita, Guam.

The annual GI Film Festival runs from May 6-12, 2013, in various locations in Washington DC.  For more information please visit www.gifilmfestival.com

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 10,000 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, visit the official website at http://www.youngmarines.com.

###

Media Contact: Andy Richardson
Ginny Richardson Public Relations
630-789-8899
arichardson@gr-pr.com