The local PFC George Eiland Detachment 1040, Marine Corps League will host the annual Convention of the League Detachments from throughout the state at the Lafayette Gardens Inn and Conference Center this weekend.
A total of over 150 Marines and their guests have preregistered, while more than 100 Marines are meeting on Saturday, their family members and guests are being encouraged to enjoy the sites and attractions in LaGrange and the surrounding area and are expected to begin arriving today, MCL officials said.
Marine Corps League membership is open to Marines on active duty; reserve Marines, retired Marines and Marine veterans with an Honorable Discharge. Navy Corpsmen who have served with the Fleet Marine Force may also be regular members.
Members of the Marine Corps League join together in camaraderie 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 that service that they may effectively promote the ideals of American freedom and democracy, voluntarily aiding and rendering assistance to all Marines, FMF Corpsmen and former Marines and FMF Corpsmen 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.
The Marine Corps 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 over 1,100 community-based detachments located throughout the United States and overseas.
The prime authority of the League is derived from its Congressional charter and from its annual National Convention held each August in different major U.S. cities throughout the nation. It is a not-for-profit organization within the provisions of the Internal Revenue Service Code 501(c) (4), with a special group exemption letter which allows for contributions to the Marine Corps League, its Auxiliary and subsidiary units, to be tax deductible by the donor.