The Marine Corps League perpetuates the traditons & spirit of all Marines & Navy Fleet Marine Force (FMF) Corpsmen, who proudly wear or who have worn the eagle, globe & anchor of the Corps.Founded in 1923 by World War 1 hero, then Major General, Commandant John A. LeJeune, and approved by an act of the Seventy Fifth Congress of the United States of America and signed into law by President Franklin D. Roosevelt on 4 August 1937.
Members of the Marine Corps League join together in camaraderie and fellowship for the purpose of preserving the traditions and promoting the interests of the United States Marine Corps, banding together those who have been honorably discharged from that service so they may effectively promote the ideals of American freedom and democracy, voluntarily aiding and rendering assistance to all Marines and former Marines and to their widows and orphans; and to perpetuate the history of the United States Marine Corps and by fitting acts to observe the anniversaries of historical occasions of particular interest of Marines.
Greater Bangor Area Detachment 1151 received it’s charter on 30 November 2003 and is one of eleven detachments in the State of Maine. We observe national holidays such as Memorial Day, Independence Day, and Veterans Day; and days of special interest to Marines such as the Marine Corps Birthday.
Detachment 1151 has focused our energy and resources on providing aid to local veterans and their families in need. Our largest sources are through the Bangor Veterans’ Center. They are able to screen and assess needs for clients, to whom we are able to fill immediate short term needs. The monies we receive from several fundraisers we hold each year are distributed to veterans in need. We also sponsor many events with the residents of the Maine Veterans’ Home in Bangor, such as Valentine’s Day Party, Spring Carnival, Bowling, Fishing trips and many other activities. Another source we help is the House In The Woods Military & Family Retreat in Lee, Maine.
Detachment 1151 teaches Flag Etiquette at local schools, Organizationa and civic groups. The training includes folding the U.S. Flag, Caring for the Flag and When to Fly the U.S. Flag.
The Detachment has an annual scholarship program to provide aid to a local student who is a veteran or the spouse, child,grandchild, greatgrandchild or step child of a member in good standing in the Greater Bangor Detachment 1151
Detachment 1151 has a certificate program such as the Distinguished Citizen Award for Boy Scouts achieving the rank of Eagle Scout, Distinguished Service Award to businesses which proudly and properly fly the American Flag, Certificate of Appreciation to recognize local businesses and individuals who sponsor the Marine Corps Birthday Ball, etc.
Detachment 1151 works along side Active Duty Marines out of Topsham, ME and local Funeral Directors aiding in military services at funeral homes and grave sites.
The detachment participates in local parades, performs Color Guard, Rifle Details, Flag Presentations. We put the American Flags on veterans graves at local Cemetaries during the Memorial Day Holiday. We place wreaths on veteran’s graves when Wreaths Across America makes the trip to veterans grave sites in the Fall.
By Ruchard P. Stitham
Adjutant – Det 1151