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The Marine Corps Rose

In 1778, during the War of Independence, the Marine Corps Rose was dedicated to those Marines who made the Ultimate Sacrifice for their country. This tradition was continued by the French during World War One when the Marines attacked the Germans in the trenches at Belleau Wood, Roses were planted by the grateful French people at the graves of the Fallen Marines. When and where ever you see Leaguers or Young Marines distributing these remembrances take and wear one proudly.

THE PROGRAM:  Started by Marine Eddie Gallagher from New York, designed to parallel the VFW "Poppy" program to provide funds for detachments to assist veterans and youth and provide other services to the community. 
- health and comfort items for hospitalized veterans.
- Support programs such as bingo or holiday parties for hospitalized or retired veterans in Retirement homes.
- scholarships
- assist youth programs
- Humanitarian Aid


- Purchase roses from MCL National Headquarters, Ships Store
- coordinate with local businesses or organizations to set-up a table or booth at their location
- use a coffee or other type container as a collections can
- Advertise what the Marine Rose Program is for and what the donations will be used for.
- Conduct each year in conjunction with the Marine Corps Birthday, or whenever you feel it will be most effective.
- Funds should not be used for the detachment's "general fund", to fund Detachment parties, cook-outs, Birthday Balls, etc.  They should be used for the purposes stated above.

Note:  The information provided here is a "guidance".  Each Department and Detachment should consider their best use of the program.

To order the Marine Roses, .



Incorporated by an act of Congress in 1937, the Marine Corps League perpetuates the traditions and
spirit of ALL Marines who proudly wear or who have worn the eagle, globe and anchor of the Corps.

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