FALLEN MARINE PROGRAM
 

 

  

 

FOR THE GOOD OF THE ORDER

 

One of the primary objectives of the Marine Corps League is to recognize and honor fallen Marines. This program is dedicated to that goal. Many of our fellow Marines are passing without notice. Some receive gravesite services from the U. S. Marine Corps, V.F.W. or other organizations when formally requested. For most, however, the only notice received is a line in the obituary column stating, “served in the U.S Marine Corps.”  What better program could we support than one that honors our fallen comrades.

 

Marine Corps League Detachment #668, Galveston County, Texas, wrote this “Fallen Marine Program”. It was implemented on January 1st, 2002. The program was approved and adopted by the State Organization in May 2003 at the annual meeting in San Antonio.  It is now fully operational and successful.  We now have uniform procedures, unique to the Marine Corps League, which can be used throughout the State.  Recognizing a fallen Marine can be as simple as mailing a 75-cent MCL sympathy card or as complete as full MCL honors during visitation.

 

The following is a guide for implementing and applying the “Fallen Marine Program”.  Let’s take the time to recognize our fallen comrades.   We hope in the future that the Marine Corps League will “LET NO MARINE FALL UNNOTICED.”

 

With minimal funds, a little preparation and a “Few Good Men,” this can be a most successful program. It is simple, easy to understand, well received and rewarding.

 

GOD BLESS AMERICA and GOD BLESS HER VETERANS.

 

“Semper Fidelis”

 

 
 

FALLEN MARINE PROGRAM INTERPRETATION

 

Merchandise List

 

A list of merchandise needed is included in the program. Some items may be deleted depending on what items the Detachment wishes to furnish to the “Presenter” and his assistants (tie bar, globe and anchor, collar emblem, Marine Corps League Pocket Crest). It is suggested that the Detachment furnish these items. Three sets should be purchased. They may be kept by the “Presenter” and issued to his assistants before the presentation at the visitation site. Recruiting “Presenters” and assistants is easier when these items are furnished.

 

Fallen Marine Presentation Guide

 

The guide is fairly self-explanatory. As you read, however you will see that it encourages you to be flexible. This program is intended to be different from most veterans’ honor services. It is important to understand these differences in order to interpret the intent of these guidelines:

  1. The family is not required to request our honor services. Every fallen Marine within the Detachment’s area will be recognized and honored.
  2. Presentation is made at the funeral home or place of visitation, during the visitation services, not at the gravesite                                             
  3. Most honor services are preformed in uniform at the gravesite. They are formal and regimented. This service is intended to be more personal. Vet-to-Vet, Marine-to-Marine, Marine family to Marine family.

 

Numbers 1 and 2 in the Fallen Marine Presentation Guide (below) pertain to the dress code. This is one area of flexibility. Uniforms are not the preferred dress. However the “Presenter” may wear a uniform (Marine Corps League) if desired. Suit color is also flexible. The only constant should be the wearing of: a red tie, a gold Marine tie bar, a gold globe and anchor collar emblem and a Marine Corps League Pocket Crest. These items will identify the committee as Marines and members of the Marine Corps League.

 

The “Presenter” should carry a well-supplied briefcase with blank certificates, forms and merchandise. He should also have a floppy disk or CD with all printing programs. When the “Presenter” arrives at the funeral home, he should check the certificate for correct spelling and its condition. The name of the fallen Marine should be checked with funeral home records. If there is a problem, a new certificate can be printed using funeral home equipment.

 

 

Presentation Committee


An updated list should be kept in the “Fallen Marine Program” notebook of every MCL member willing to serve on the Presentation Committee. The list should include: name, address, home, business, and cell phone, work hours, and hours available. Sometimes the funeral homes give short notice. The above information will help the “Presenter” locate and recruit assistants. Every member of the committee should be given a copy of the “Fallen Marine Program,” in a binder, and should be prepared to be the “Presenter” and lead the committee.

 

 

Fallen Marine Information Form

 

A blank copy of this form should be furnished to each funeral home. They should make copies, so they will be available when needed. They should be encouraged to fill out every line item except the area, “For MCL use only.” The “Presenter” will pick up this form when he arrives at the funeral home for the presentation. If the visitation is at a place other than the funeral home, the form should be picked up early enough to check all pertinent information: spelling of name, next of kin, etc. Every MCL member who may be called by the funeral home should keep a blank copy. When a funeral home calls, the receiver needs to know the name of the fallen Marine (to prepare certificate), the location, address and time of visitation and the name and address or the next of kin (to mail card). It is recommended however that there be one contact person and one phone number for the funeral home to call. If the contact person is going out of town or is other wise unavailable, an answering machine should be employed with a message such as: “If this is in regards to a Fallen Marine please call_______at _______. If not, please leave a message.” One of the keys to a successful program is the cooperation of the funeral homes. Make it easy as possible.

 

 

Funeral Homes

 

To assure a successful program, the cooperation of funeral home directors is required. A letter should be sent to each funeral home notifying them of the program and stating that a MCL member will visit and explain the details. Funeral home directors should be encouraged to notify the designated MCL member as soon as he is aware of a fallen Marine. The “Presenter” needs as much time as possible to recruit assistants. The funeral home director can help you in many ways. They can identify the next of kin, inform and prepare the family for the presentation, and point out any unusual circumstances or conditions. Remember we are entering his business. He can and will help if he understands the program and feels he is part of it.

 

 

Membership Roster

 

Every “Fallen Marine Program” binder should include a full membership roster.

 

 

Certificate

 

A recommended example of certificate format and wording is on page 9. When you receive the blank certificates (page 6), print signature space in the bottom right corner (page 7). Have all certificates signed by Detachment officials (page 8). Now you are prepared to print certificates when notified of a fallen Marine. It is recommended you print on blank paper first and compare to blank certificate. Be sure the signatures are in the proper place on the certificate. Once the print program has been set up on your computer and a certificate printed, it will be necessary, there after, to change the name and date only. Place the computer mouse arrow on the fallen Marine’s name. Press the left button and highlight name. Do not delete the highlighted name. Type fallen Marine’s name in highlighted area. Do the same for date and type in date of presentation. It is recommended that you print on blank paper and compare to blank certificate. Be sure all printing is in proper place and the name and date is correct before printing. If a diskette or compact disc is included, the printing section of the program should be copied to your computer hard drive.

 

Program Funds

 

The new program requires initial startup funds for supplies and equipment. Continuing income is needed to sustain the program. Cost of the program depends on which services the Detachment wishes to offer (see section 1, Presentation Guide,-- Every “Fallen Marine” Should Be Honored ).  The cost may vary from $0.00 to $13.00 (see Merchandise List-page 5). Program expenses can be offset with regular fund raising projects, corporate sponsorship, or individual contributions. A survey of funeral homes indicated they were willing to contribute $13.00 to the Detachment each time honors were presented at their funeral home. A $100 contribution can recognize, approximately, 96 fallen Marines with a Marine Corps League sympathy card, 48 with a card and certificate, or 7 with full honors.

 

 

Flag Presentation

 

Most funeral homes present an American Flag to the family at the visitation or gravesite. If a flag is not to be presented, one can be obtained from the U. S. Post Office, free of charge. VA form #21-2008 must be completed and submitted to receive a flag (see page 11). The funeral director can assist by requesting necessary military information from the family. Prior approval should be obtained from the Post Master. It is recommended that a flag be applied for, in advance, in the event of short notice from a funeral. Form #21-2008 can be given to the Post Office after services and a new flag obtained.

 

 

Questions concerning this program should be directed to:

Marine Corps League

Detachment #668

One Fort Point

Galveston, Texas 77550

 

 

MARINE CORPS LEAGUE
 

Fallen Marine Presentation Guide



1. League member making the presentation (“Presenter”) should be in “Marine Corps” or “Marine Corps League” uniform/dress suit with “Marine Corps League” identification.

2. Accompanying League members should wear the same color suit. A dark color, black or gray, with a red tie is recommended. A gold Marine Corps tie bar, a gold Marine Corps globe and anchor emblem on the left collar and a Marine Corps League Pocket Crest in the left top suit pocket will identify the committee and present a neat and professional appearance. It is preferable that the Committee consist of no less than 3 representatives: the “Presenter” and 2 league members. If the “Presenter” cannot recruit assistants, he may present alone (See 3 below) or he may choose to use methods listed below (4). There is no limit to the number of League members who may attend and back up the presentation committee.

3. Upon entering the funeral home or place of visitation, the “Presenter” should seek out the funeral director or person in charge. The director or person in charge can identify the spouse or next of kin and give helpful information and advice. The “Presenter” should introduce him/herself to the next of kin as a member of the “Marine Corps League” and inform him/her of the pending presentation. The funeral director may also perform this duty. After introduction and after the family has been brought together, the “Presenter” and assistants should begin the presentation. ---If there are two or more members, they should line up at the back of the chapel. When “Church Call” begins, the committee marches, in step, to the casket or place of honor and stands at attention. If “Church Call” is not played, follow the same procedures. At the start of the “Marine Corps Hymn” a hand salute will be presented and held until completion of the hymn. Salutes should be slow and in unison. The presentation to the next of kin and family should follow. Only the League member designated as the “Presenter” should voice the presentation. The assistants can present the certificate and pendant at the appropriate time.
Music should not be played if only one MCL member is to make the presentation. The MCL member should first introduce him/herself to the wife or next of kin as a representative of the MCL. Also inform them of his/her intent to honor the “Fallen Marine” and family. Then proceed to casket or place of honor, salute, and return to the family to make the presentation. (See Section 1, “Wording of Presentation” paragraph 4).
Do not linger at the funeral home or visitation site. You are there to honor and present. Keep the visitation and presentation short and professional. Leave upon completion. Remember you are representing the Marine Corps League.

4. Presentation also may be made at the home of the spouse or next of kin several days after the funeral. The certificate and pendant may also be mailed. Circumstances may dictate or the League may choose to use one of these alternate delivery methods.

5. When the funeral director first interviews the family of the fallen Marine, he will inform them of our services. He will know if there are any potential problems or complications. Example: Man married twice, children from both wives--- problems within the family etc. Presenters should be prepared for an unwelcome or unexpected reception. The fallen Marine and/or their family may have had disagreements with the V.A., the government, or the Marine Corps. Some families may not welcome League Honors. Presenters must use their own good judgment on how to handle an unwelcome reception. If the family is not receptive and/or if circumstances permit, the “Presenter” may explain that the honor is from the “Marine Corps League” which is an organization of Marines and former Marines. If circumstances do not permit, make your apologies and leave.

6. The funeral home or the family may request the MCL make a flag presentation at the visitation service. This may occur when there will not be a flag folding service at the grave site or when a grave site is not required, such as cremation services. The flag presentation will commence after completion of the “Fallen Marine“ service. After this service is completed, the committee turns and proceeds to the place where the flag is displayed. Only two members are required for this service; the remaining members should proceed to the rear of the chapel and stand at attention. When “Taps” is played, all members will give a slow hand salute and hold until end of “Taps.” One of the two members then steps up to the flag and gives a slow hand salute. He picks up the flag, turns, and stops in front of the Presenter. The Presenter salutes the flag and takes it from the first member. The first member then salutes the flag, turns and proceeds to the rear of the chapel to join the other members. The Presenter turns and stops in front of the wife or next of kin and makes the presentation. (See Section 1, “Wording of Presentation” paragraph 5). After presentation, he will salute the recipient (slowly) then turn and leave. If Ceremonial Bugle is used, the bugler should follow instructions included with purchase of bugle. (www.ceremonialbugle.com)

7. Fill out “Fallen Marine Information Form” and turn in to the League Commandant.
 


Wording of Presentation


MRS./MR.______, WE REPRESENT THE MARINE CORPS LEAGUE.
MAY WE EXPRESS OUR SINCERE CONDOLENCES FOR YOUR LOSS.
ON BEHALF OF THE MARINE CORPS LEAGUE, PLEASE ACCEPT THIS CERTIFICATE AND PENDANT (or Globe & Anchor) AS SYMBOLS OF OUR APPRECIATION FOR YOUR LOVED ONE’S SERVICE TO HIS/HER COUNTRY AND THE UNITED STATES MARINE CORPS.

Or

MRS./MR. ________, WE REPRESENT THE MARINE CORPS LEAGUE.
MAY WE EXPRESS OUR SINCERE CONDOLENCES FOR YOUR LOSS.
ON BEHALF OF THE MARINE CORPS LEAGUE, MAY WE PRESENT THIS CERTIFICATE AND PENDANT TO YOU AND YOUR FAMILY AS A SYMBOL OF APPRECIATION FOR YOUR LOVED ONE’S SERVICE TO HIS/HER COUNTRY AND THE UNITED STATES MARINE CORPS.

Or

MRS./MR._________, WE REPRESENT THE MARINE CORPS LEAGUE.
MAY WE EXPRESS OUR SINCERE CONDOLENCES FOR YOUR LOSS.
ON BEHALF OF THE MARINE CORPS LEAGUE, MAY WE PRESENT TO YOU, THIS CERTIFICATE AND PENDANT (or Globe & Anchor). YOUR FATHER/HUSBAND IS ONE OF THE FEW WHO HAS EARNED THE RIGHT AND PRIVILEGE TO WEAR THE MARINE CORPS “GLOBE & ANCHOR.”
WE PRESENT THIS CERTIFICATE AND PENDANT (or Globe & Anchor) TO HONOR AND SALUTE HIM/HER AND AS A SYMBOL OF APPRECIATION FOR SERVICE TO HIS/HER COUNTRY AND THE UNITED STATES MARINE CORPS. “SEMPER FI”

MRS./MR. ____________, I REPRESENT THE MARINE CORPS LEAGUE. MAY I EXPRESS OUR SINCERE CONDOLENCES FOR YOUR LOSS. ON BEHALF OF THE MARINE CORPS LEAGUE, MAY I* ( PRESENT TO YOU THIS CERTIFICATE AND PENDANT (or Globe & Anchor) AS A SYMBOL OF) APPRECIATION FOR YOUR LOVED ONE’S (Father, son, daughter) SERVICE TO HIS/HER COUNTRY AND THE UNITED STATES MARINE CORPS.
*(FUTHER EXPRESS OUR) to be used if certificate and pendant are not presented.

MRS./MR. ____________, ON BEHALF OF THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES AND THE COMMANDANT OF THE UNTIES STATES MARINE CORPS MAY I PRESENT YOU THIS FLAG, FROM A GRATEFUL NATION, FOR YOUR LOVED ONE’S (husband, wife, son, daughter etc.) SERVICE TO HIS/HER COUNTRY.

The “Fallen Marine” presentation is preformed during visitation hours only, not at the funeral or gravesite. If visitation is between 1700 to1900 hours, the presentation should be made between 1700 and 1715 so as not to interfere with any planned services. Check with the funeral director and family. The presentation committee should arrive at the presentation site 15 to 20 minutes early to prepare for services.

To view presentation honor service go to ( www.mclgalveston.com ) “Fallen Marine Program” ”Presentation videos.”

 

“Fallen Marine” presentation supplies

1. Marine Corps League sympathy card. (To be mailed to next of kin as soon as address is obtained from funeral home)
2. Marine Corps League Certificate with Marine Corps League emblem on front.
3. Red certificate holder with Marine Corps League emblem on front.
4. Gold pendant with ribbon, globe and anchor (for ladies)
5. Gold globe and anchor Marine Corps collar emblem. (for men)
It takes 10 days to two weeks to receive supplies after ordering. A 15 to 30 day, on hand supply, is recommended.

If circumstances dictate, the League may choose to present a pendant or globe and anchor to more than one member of the family. If the surviving spouse is very young and the Fallen Marine’s mother is present, you may wish to present a pendant to the mother also-- or if the Marine was on active duty at the time of his/her death or a member of the Marine Corps League, you may wish to make more than one presentation.


EVERY “FALLEN MARINE” SHOULD BE HONORED.
This program can be implemented in different steps and degrees depending on the budget restraint and volunteer manpower of the Detachment. Any single or combination of the following steps can be used to honor a fallen Marine.
Step 1. A Marine Corps League sympathy card can be mailed.
Step 2. A Marine Corps League Certificate can be mailed.
Step 3. A Marine Corps League Certificate can be delivered to the funeral home for
display.
Step 4. A Marine Corps Certificate holder with a certificate can be mailed.
Step 5. A Marine Corps Certificate holder with Certificate, pendant and/or globe and
anchor can be mailed.
Step 6. A Marine Corps Certificate holder with Certificate and a pendant or emblem
can be presented during visitation hours or at the home of the spouse or next
of kin by a “Fallen Marine Presentation Committee.”
Step 7 A Marine Corps League Presenter or Presentation Committee can honor a
“Fallen Marine “ during visitation hours, or at the home of the spouse
or next of kin, without presentation of a certificate, pendant or emblem.

 

INFORMATION FORM

MARINE CORPS LEAGUE
FALLEN MARINE INFORMATION FORM

Name of fallen Marine ________________________ Date of death ____ /____ /____
Funeral Home__________________________________ Phone ____ /____ /______
Address of F.H. __________________________________________________
Will there be visitation Yes ___ No ___ Will visitation be local Yes ___No ____
Date of visitation ____ /____ /_____ Time _____________-- to _____________hrs
Location of visitation (if other than F.H.) __________________________________________

Address of visitation (if other than F.H.) _______________________________________
Name of spouse _____________________________ Phone _____ /_____ / _________
Next of Kin (if other that spouse)______________________ Phone _____ /_____ /_________
Mailing Address of Spouse (or next of kin)
Name _________________________________________________
Address __________________________________________________Apt. _______
City ______________________________ State ______________ Zip____________
(For M.C.L. use only)
Person receiving honors _________________________________________________
Presented: Certificate __________Pendant _________ Globe and Anchor _________
Presented by __________________________________________________________

Accompanied by _______________________________________________________
______________________________________________________________________
Time of presentation: Date ______/_______/______ Time _______ hrs.
Mailed: Certificate ________Pendant _______Globe & Anchor________ Card_______

Comments : Use back of page if needed. *Memorial service only
 

 

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