North Shore Marine Detachment 1289
Cedarburg, Wisconsin



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Mission Statement

Members of the Marine Corps League join together in camaradarie and fellowship for the purpose of preserving the traditions and promoting the interests of the United States Marine Corps, banding together those who are now serving in the United States Marine Corps and those who have been honorably discharged from the service so that 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 to Marines.

Once a Marine...Always a Marine


The Marine Corps League perpetuates the traditions and spirit of all Marines and Navy FMF Corpsman who proudly wear or have worn the eagle, globe, and anchor of the Corps. It takes great pride in crediting its founding in 1923 to World War I hero, then Major General Commandant John A. Lejeune. It takes equal pride in its Federal Charter, approved by an Act of the 75th Congress of the United States of America, signed and approved by President Franklin D. Roosevelt on August 4, 1937. The League is the only federally chartered Marine Corps related veterans organization in the country. Since the earliest days, the Marine Corps League has enjoyed the support and encouragement of the active duty and reserve establishments of the Marine Corps. Today, the League boasts a membership of nearly 61,000 men and women, officers and enlisted, active duty, reserve Marines, honorably discharged veteran Marines, and qualified Navy FMF Corpsman. It is one of the few veterans organizations that experiences increases in its membership each year.

The Marine Corps League is headed by an elected National Commandant with 14 elected National Officers who serve as trustees. The National Board of Trustees coordinates the efforts of 48 department, or state, entities and the activities of over 900 community-based detachments located throughout the United States and overseas. The day-to-day operations of the League are under the control of the National Executive Director with the responsibility of the management and direction of all programs, activities, and affairs of the Marine Corps League as well as the National Headquarters Staff.

John A. Lejeune
Maj. Gen. John A. Lejeune

"I still need Marines who can shoot and salute. But I need Marines who can fix jet engines and man sophisticated radar sets, as well."

General Robert E. Cushman, Jr., 25th Commandant of the Marine Corps