Once a Marine, Always a Marine.
As a 501 c (4) we are a charity much like the concept of other major mainstream charities, but volunteers, not paid staffers, man our local offices. Our charity has a stated purpose.
The Marine Corps League is the outgrowth of Marine Clubs established by Marines returning to the U. S. from the trenches of France in 1918. As those clubs grew in size and number, they became more active in the pursuit of objectives of interest to their members and in support of the Corps.
In November 1923, Major General John A. Lejeune, then the Commandant of the Marine Corps, convened the first conference of Marines in support of the Corps. It was apparent that there was a need for a formal organization.
Plans were drawn and a petition was sent to Congress to grant a Congressional Charter to the League. A charter was granted on 3 August 1937, by Public Law #243, passed by the 74th Congress, USA.
To preserve the traditions, promote the interest and perpetuate the history of the United States Marine Corps and by fitting acts to observe the anniversaries of the historical occasions of particular interest to Marines.
To band those who are now serving the United States Marine Corps and those who have been honorably discharged from the U.S. Marine Corps together in fellowship from that service; that they may effectively promote the ideals of American freedom and democracy.
To fit its members for the duties of citizenship and to encourage them to serve ably as citizens as they have served our Nation under arms.
To hold sacred the memory and history of the men and women who have given their lives to the Nation.
To foster a love for the Principles which they have supported by blood and valor since the founding of the Republic.
To maintain true allegiance to American institutions.
Members of the Iredell County Detachment #1097 of the Marine Corps League, Inc., join together in camaraderie and fellowship for the purpose of preserving the traditions and interests of the United States Marine Corps, rendering assistance to all Marines and former Marines and to their widows and orphans, and to promote the common good of our community and nation. The Detachment’s mission is to be carried out in a spirit that demonstrates love and respect for our God, our nation, our Corps, our families, and our communities.