The Young Marines forms partnership with Madison Rising, America’s most patriotic rock band
Tuesday, April 14, 2015
The Young Marines, a national youth organization, announces a new partnership with Madison Rising, America’s most patriotic rock band. The partnership will kick off as Madison Rising embarks on the Concerned Veterans for America’s 23-city Defend Free
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Young Marines scale Mt. Suribachi on Iwo Jima
Friday, March 20, 2015
Today, 11 youth members of the Young Marines are accompanying 49 veterans on a plane trip from Guam to Iwo Jima as part of the annual “Reunion of Honor.”
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Eleven Young Marines join American and Japanese veterans for the annual ‘Reunion of Honor’ on Guam and Iwo Jima
Monday, March 16, 2015
Eleven youth members of the Young Marines are travelling to Guam and Iwo Jima for the annual “Reunion of Honor” which takes place March 16 – 23, 2015.
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World War II vets headed back to Iwo Jima, Young Marines make it possible
Friday, January 30, 2015
Medal of Honor recipient Herschel “Woody” Williams will be among the 15 World War II veterans headed back to Iwo Jima next month, and he has the Young Marines to thank for it.
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Young Marines Names Division Young Marines of the Year
Thursday, January 29, 2015
The Young Marines youth organization has named six division winners of one of its most prestigious awards - the “Division Young Marine of the Year.”
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Two Young Marines awarded Jimmie Trimble Scholarship
Tuesday, January 06, 2015
Young Marines SgtMaj Alex Loria of Chantilly, VA, and Young Marines GySgt Brittany Hannah of Miami, FL, are the recipients of the Young Marines’ Jimmie Trimble Scholarship Award.
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Young Marines units from across the nation traveled to Hawaii for 73rd anniversary of Pearl Harbor attack
Tuesday, December 02, 2014
One hundred forty one youth members of the Young Marines from nine states traveled to Hawaii to participate in the 73rd anniversary Pearl Harbor Day Commemoration.
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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 forms partnership with Madison Rising, America’s most patriotic rock band
Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Madison RisingThe Young Marines, a national youth organization, announces a new partnership with Madison Rising, America’s most patriotic rock band. The partnership will kick off as Madison Rising embarks on the Concerned Veterans for America’s (CVA) 23-city Defend Freedom tour, beginning Friday, April 17, in New York City on Fox & Friends on the Fox News Channel.

Since the release of Madison Rising’s first album in 2011, the band has worked to create an entirely new genre of music – patriotic rock which combines a classic rock sound with inspirational tributes to men and women in uniform.

The Young Marines program also focuses on patriotism by the youth members’ respect and dedication to all veterans. In addition, it teaches the values of leadership, teamwork and self-discipline, so its youth members can live and promote a healthy, drug-free lifestyle.

Both the Young Marines and Madison Rising will spread the word about honoring and supporting veterans across America. The Young Marines will have a visible presence at Madison Rising shows. Young Marines’ local units will provide color guard and/or lead the Pledge of Allegiance at concerts, assist veterans in need at the shows, and assist the band with merchandise sales and other concert tasks.

“This is such a win-win partnership” said Gary Weisbaum, chief marketing officer of the Young Marines. “The Young Marines will have banners, program materials, and most importantly, Young Marines at each Madison Rising event. In addition, the Young Marines and the band will have an active/interactive social media program where Madison Rising activities will be a part of the Young Marines website and on social media and vice versa. We are very excited about this!”

The lead singer of Madison Rising is Dave Bray who puts his heart and soul into every performance. A dedicated leader and patriot, Bray was a Recruit Chief Petty Officer in basic training, a Master at Arms in A-school, and was awarded the honor of Top Dog in Field Medical Service School. He served in the U.S. Navy as an 8404 Fleet Marine Force (FMF) Corpsman for the 2nd Battalion / 2nd Marines stationed at Camp Lejeune, North Carolina.

“A few weeks ago, I accompanied 11 Young Marines, their leaders and WWII veterans on a trip to Iwo Jima for the ‘Reunion of Honor’,” Bray said. “I felt as though I looked through a looking glass to our nation’s history. I was honored to be there. To see that black sand, some of the bloodiest sand in the world, was very touching. The veterans who made the trip survived their piece of hell 70 years ago. I’m sure tears were shed. It must have been fulfilling as well as heartbreaking for them.”

Madison Rising’s new album – “American Hero” – is dedicated to the men and women of the armed forces, along with police, firefighters and other first responders whose sacrifice and selfless dedication to the service of America, at home and abroad, help this great nation to remain the land of the free and the home of the brave.

The other members of the band are drummer Sam Fishman, lead guitarist AJ Larsen and bassist Tom DiPietro.

"For me, Madison Rising is truly a call back to service,” Bray said, “and on the Iwo Jima trip I found the Young Marines to be great young people – humble and very engaged. They were helping veterans whenever they could.”

“I have followed Madison Rising since I first heard them,” said Mike Kessler, national executive director and CEO of the Young Marines. “I met Dave Bray in 2012, and I like what they stand for and feel strongly that the youth in this country can benefit from their genre. I am looking forward to working with them and watching as we make a positive impact in promoting patriotism among our communities."

Defend Freedom TourIn addition, the Young Marines will have a presence on CVA’s Defend Freedom tour as well. Each stop features free, family-friendly events and an all-star panel of speakers and musical performers with inspirational stories and a message of freedom.

Patriots on the tour include Pete Hegseth, CEO of Concerned Veterans for America; Sean Parnell, decorated Army Ranger and New York Times bestselling author of “Outlaw Platoon;” Karen Vaughn, SEAL Team Six Gold Star Mother; Madison Rising, America’s most patriotic rock band; rising country music star Ayla Brown; and many more. Select events will feature special guest Colonel Oliver North as well as other notables.

“We are proud to have the Madison Rising name associated with our organization,” Kessler said. “Dave and his wife Becky will be our guests at our annual Adult Leaders Conference in Las Vegas in May.

About the Young Marines

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.

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, visit the official website at:

About Concerned Veterans for America

Concerned Veterans for America (CVA) is a national veterans and military families’ organization that advocates for policies that promote the freedom and prosperity that veterans and their families so proudly fought for and sacrificed to defend. To see a list of tour stops, go to


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