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On August 18, 2011, the Keystone
Young Marines held practice on drills, worked on calisthenics and did
some classroom learning at the Brookline Recreation Center. It was
interesting watching the active-duty Drill Instructor putting the
kids through their paces. The Keystone Young Marines proved themselves
to be a fine group of youngsters. Semper Fi!
The Young Marines are a non-profit
youth education and service program for boys and girls, ages eight through
completion of high school. The mission of the Young Marines is to
positively impact America's future by providing quality youth development
programs for boys and girls that nurture and develop its members into
responsible citizens who enjoy and promote a healthy, drug-free lifestyle.
The organization has grown to over 240 units with 10,000 youth and 3,000
adult volunteers in 46 states, the District of Columbia, Germany, Japan
and affiliates in a host of other countries.
The Keystone Young Marines is a
local unit of forty youths who strive for academic excellence, good
citizenship, physical fitness of mind and body and have honor and respect
for family, self, community and church of their choice. They are encouraged
and required to give back to their communities through volunteer
The program is run by professional
military and civilian adult volunteers committed to teaching youth leadership
and team-building skills in a military manner, fashioned around the Marine
Corps values of honor, courage and commitment. This unique, rigorous training
helps to build self-esteem and confidence in its participants, encouraging a
safer, smarter lifestyle as they transition to young adults.
On December 7, 2011, during the 70th
anniversary of the attack on Pearl Harbor, the Young Marines have been
invited to participate in the wreath laying ceremony at the Arizona Memorial.
That is quite an honor, indeed.
To learn more about the
<National Website - www.youngmarines.com>
<Keystone Website - www.keystoneyoungmarines.com>
<Wikipedia - Young Marines>