Salute to Armed Forces Week– U.S. Marines

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Gayle Anderson was live in Los Angeles to continue her weeklong Salute to the Armed Forces because Saturday is Armed Forces Day, Saturday, May 16th and May is Military Appreciation Month. Wednesday’s focus is on the U.S. Marines.

About the U.S. Marines- Courtesy

During the American Revolution, the Continental Congress passed a resolution stating that "two Battalions of Marines be raised" for service as landing forces for the recently formed Continental Navy. The resolution, drafted by future U.S. president John Adams and adopted in Philadelphia on November 10, 1775, created the Continental Marines and is now observed as the birth date of the United States Marine Corps.

Serving on land and at sea, the original U.S. Marines distinguished themselves in a number of important operations during the Revolutionary War. The first Marine landing on a hostile shore occurred when a force of Marines under Captain Samuel Nicholas captured New Province Island in the Bahamas from the British in March 1776. Nicholas was the first commissioned officer in the Continental Marines and is celebrated as the first Marine commandant. After American independence was achieved in 1783, the Continental Navy was demobilized and its Marines disbanded.

In the next decade, however, increasing conflict at sea with Revolutionary France led the U.S. Congress to establish formally the U.S. Navy in May 1798. Two months later, on July 11, President John Adams signed the bill establishing the U.S. Marine Corps as a permanent military force under the jurisdiction of the Department of Navy. U.S. Marines saw action in the so-called Quasi-War with France and then fought against the Barbary pirates of North Africa during the first years of the 19th century. Since then, Marines have participated in all the wars of the United States and in most cases were the first soldiers to fight. In all, Marines have executed more than 300 landings on foreign shores.

Today, there are more than 200,000 active-duty and reserve Marines, divided into three divisions stationed at Camp Lejeune, North Carolina; Camp Pendleton, California; and Okinawa, Japan. Each division has one or more expeditionary units, ready to launch major operations anywhere in the world on two weeks' notice. Marines expeditionary units are self-sufficient, with their own tanks, artillery, and air forces. The motto of the service is Semper Fidelis, meaning "Always Faithful" in Latin.

Today’s segment was located at Dodger Stadium, one of the locations in downtown Los Angeles where the Marines trained for urban warfare last December. Dodger Stadium was the site of the biggest mock raid in December, complete with air support, but with no live ammunition. About 100 Marines, along with local police, stadium security and medical services participated in the exercise. Each exercise is carefully planned in order to ensure the public’s safety. These realistic urban training exercises give the Marines the opportunity to go into situations and terrain that they are unfamiliar with in order to challenge their decision-making ability.

These realistic urban training exercises supplement the training Marines receive at the MCAGCC (Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center) in Twenty-Nine Palms. In 2011, the MCAGCC completed a $170 million urban warfare training facility called CAMOUT- short for Combined Arms Military Operations in Urban Terrain. CAMOUT is a 280-acre urban warfare facility, roughly the size of downtown San Diego.

The city has 1,250 buildings and is divided into seven districts. Each district is designed to simulate conditions troops will encounter in urban combat—wide or narrow streets, bombed-out neighborhoods, mosques, busy market places, hospitals, stores, gas stations, schools, apartment buildings and hotels. IN addition, the facility contains an 80-foot-wide dry river bed, a prison, a jail, graveyards, an underground tunnel system and an Olympic-sized soccer stadium patterned after the stadium in Mogadishu.

Marines and sailors heading to combat zones around the world train at CAMOUT. As the country’s defense needs have evolved over the years, so have the training expectations and training facility needs.

MAY IS MILITARY APPRECIATION MONTH: Flair Cleaners, Southern California’s leading eco-friendly dry cleaners, will host its Fifth Annual Flair Care Package Drive, one of the largest drives of its kind, May 16th through May 24th, to benefit America’s military and their families. In partnership with Bob Hope USO, Flair Cleaners will collect items for care packages at each of its five Southern California locations, which will be sent to military personnel throughout the world. Additionally, Flair will dry clean or launder up to five shirts, blouses or pants for active duty military personnel and veterans at no charge May 21 - 24, 2015.

Beginning Armed Forces Day and concluding Memorial Day weekend, residents and businesses can donate individually packaged snacks, toiletries, and other items that offer a “touch-of-home” to military personnel and families, wherever they are deployed. A complete list can be found on the Flair Cleaners Facebook page, Donations can be brought to any of the five Flair Cleaners locations – Burbank, Redondo Beach, Santa Monica, Studio City, and Valencia. Every Flair Cleaners customer who donates will receive a certificate for 50% off dry cleaning as a thank you.  In addition, customers can donate via text by sending the word “Bob” to 27722.

Year-round, Flair provides complementary cleaning for United States Flags and discounts for military personnel.

Bob Hope USO, an independent, not-for-profit organization, lifts the spirits of more than 150,000 troops and their families annually throughout the counties of Los Angeles, Orange, Riverside, San Bernardino and Ventura. Anchored by airport centers at LAX, Ontario, Orange County and Palm Springs, Bob Hope USO also provides high-quality programs and support to bases throughout Southern California including critical morale and welfare boosting efforts and services. The organization receives no funding from the federal government or Department of Defense, relying on the generosity of individuals, corporations, community organizations and philanthropic giving to support its work. Learn more HERE.

About Flair Cleaners: With a reputation built on innovation and customer service, Flair has been your Southern California dry cleaner for more than 50 years. And, while times and fashion may have changed, one thing hasn’t: Flair’s commitment to help customers look their best. Flair’s commitment to impeccable quality and customer service began when the Futterman and Singer families first opened a dry cleaning business in Chicago in 1958. Their tradition of excellence continued when the families’ first Southern California cleaners opened in 1963. Today, Flair Cleaners has five Southern California locations – Burbank, Redondo Beach, Santa Monica, Studio City and Valencia.

Flair was one of the first cleaners in Southern California to adopt the GreenEarth dry cleaning process, the industry’s premier all-natural cleaning method. Its state-of-the-art, highly efficient equipment conserves resources and safely cleans garments and household items. For more information on Flair Cleaners, its community service or its green environmental practices and awards, click HERE, or like us on Facebook at

TORRANCE ARMED FORCES DAY WEEKEND / TORRANCE: Beginning May 15, 2015, through Sunday, May 17, 2015, the City of Torrance will pay tribute to the nation’s Armed Forces with its 56th Annual Armed Forces Day Celebration and Parade. This is the city’s longest standing tradition. Each year, the city honors a different military branch. This year the city honors the United States Coast Guard. Grand Marshal, Rear Admiral Joseph Servidio, Commander, Eleventh Coast Guard District, will lead the parade Saturday, May 16, 2015, that will begin at 1:30 pm.

The parade will include active and reserve military units from the five branches of the Armed Forces. Also, the parade will feature military vehicles including: humvees, armored personnel carriers, support vehicles and Abrams Battle Tanks and more rumbling down the streets of Torrance.

Additionally, Rear Admiral Servidio will conduct the swearing in of hundreds of future military recruits from the five branches. Military and elected dignitaries, along with the community, will honor hundreds of military service men and women as they pass in review.

Throughout the weekend, the following events will occur in Torrance as part of the celebration: Military Exhibits: Vehicles and support equipment on display outside the Life Style Wing in the east parking lot at the Del Amo Fashion Center, Friday May 15, 2015, from 10 am to 7 pm; Saturday May 16, 2015, from 3pm to 8 pm; and on Sunday May 17, 2015, from 11 am to 3 pm.

Free Concert: The Air Force Band of the Golden West will perform for free at the James Armstrong Theatre on Friday, May 15, 2015, at 1:30 pm and 7:30 pm. Tickets will be available at the Box Office on Wednesday, May 13, 2015, beginning at 10 am.

There is a limit of four tickets per adult (18+). Ticket holders must be in their seats 15 minutes prior to concert time. There will be a line available for empty seats beginning 15 minutes prior to the scheduled start times.

Parade: The parade will begin on Saturday, May 16, 2015, at 1:30 pm and run westbound along Torrance Boulevard starting at Crenshaw Boulevard and ending at City Hall.

For more information about the Armed Forces Day Parade & Celebration, please click HERE.

HELP THE FUNDRAISER FOR THE FISHER HOUSE: Fisher House Southern California Fisher House Southern California is a collaborative effort of the Long Beach Rotary, American Gold Star Mothers, the American Legion and other groups, organizations and individuals anxious to support our Nation’s promise and obligation to support those who have sacrificed for our Country’s freedom and security.

The Fisher House program is a unique private-public partnership that supports America’s military in a time of need. The program recognizes the special sacrifices of our men and women in uniform and their families. As well as, the hardships of military service by meeting a humanitarian need beyond that provided by the Departments of Defense and Veterans Affairs.

For members of our Armed Forces, retirees, veterans and their families, the Fisher House program offers shelter and support during a medical crisis. Fisher Houses offer a comforting “home away from home” while a loved one is receiving care in an unfamiliar environment a distance from home. This special support is even more important to a family during the most stressful of times – the hospitalization of a wounded or injured service member having been involved in military operations.

Both the VA and the Fisher House Foundation have already approved a Fisher House for the VA Long Beach campus. Our job, as a newly formed 501(c) (3) non-profit, is to assist in the fund raising process to make this building a reality and to assist in supporting the house after it is built.

With the help and support of people like you, once completed, the Fisher House Southern California will be paid in full. The staffing and maintenance expenses will be the responsibility of the VA.

For more information, take a look at the website.

The Official Website of the United States Marine Corps
U.S. Marine Corps | Facebook
U.S. Marines (@USMC) | Twitter


Friday, May 15th through Sunday, May 17th
56th Annual Armed Forces Day Celebration & Parade

Saturday, May 16th
1:30 p.m. through 3:30 p.m.
56th Annual Armed Forces Day Parade
Begins at Crenshaw Boulevard & Torrance Boulevard
Torrance, CA

If you have questions, please feel free to call Gayle Anderson at 323-460-5732 or e-mail

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