BISMARCK An organizational meeting for the establishment of a North Dakota Detachment of the Marine Corps League will be held Nov. 16 at 10 a.m. in the Bismarck AMVETS Club.
Regular membership to the Marine Corps League is open to any active-duty and/or honorably discharged Marine or Navy Corpsman serving in the Fleet Marine Force.
With its members, the Marine Corps League joins together in camaraderie and fellowship for the purpose of preserving the traditions and promoting the interests of the U.S. Marine Corps; voluntarily aiding and rendering assistance to all Marines, FMF Corpsmen, their widows and orphans; to perpetuate the history of the U.S. Marine Corps; and, by fitting acts, to observe the anniversaries of historical occasions of particular interest to Marines.
Organized in June 1923 and chartered by Congress in August 1937, the Marine Corps League is one of the country's first established veterans' organizations. It is the only federally chartered U.S. Marine Corps-related veterans organizations.
The Marine Corps League credits its founding to World War I hero, then Maj. Gen. Commandant John A. Lejeune.
Today, the League has a membership of more than 76,000 men and women.
The league is headed by an elected national commandant, with 14 elected national staff officers who serve as trustees. The national board of trustees coordinates the efforts of 49 department, or state, entities and the activities of more than 1,100 community-based detachments located throughout the United States and overseas.