Forty retired and active Marines are starting a new chapter in their military careers. The group was officially chartered as the Marine Corps League detachment at Parris Island this weekend. The Marine Corps League is a national organization with branches throughout the country. Members play an important role in the community, helping with patriotic events, providing scholarships for Marine families and sponsoring young Marine programs.
Organizers say holding their first meeting at Parris Island has great significance. "We're standing here where we make Marines and if we make Marines here at Parris Island, then we make Marine Corps Leaguers," said Donald Garland, commandant-elect of the Yellow Footprint Detachment, Beaufort. "So, therefore, we are coming full circle here. Not only do we come here to become a Marine, the people can come here to continue being a Marine in the Marine Corps League and keep that camaraderie and esprit de corps going."
The Marine Corps League is a nonprofit military veterans service organization. It was founded by Maj. Gen. Commandant John LeJeune in 1923.