In 1778, during the War of Independence, the Marine Corps Rose was dedicated to those Marines who made the Ultimate Sacrifice for their country. This tradition was continued by the French during World War One when the Marines attached the Germans in the trenches at Beleau Wood, roses were planted by the grateful French people at the graves of the fallen Marines. When and where ever you see Leaguers or Young Marines distributing these remembrances take and wear one proudly.

THE PROGRAM: Started by Marine Eddie Gallagher from New York, designed to parallel the VFW “Poppy” program to provide funds for detachments to assist veterans and youth and provide other services to the community.

  • Health and comfort items for hospitalized veterans
  • Support programs such as bingo or holiday parties for hospitalized or retired veterans in Retirement Homes
  • Scholarships
  • Assist youth programs
  • Humanitarian Aid

The Riverfront Marines make great use of the Marine Rose Program. It is one of our most important fund raising activities! We not only get significant donations from a very generous public, but we have a lot of fun doing it!

The program also gets us good “exposure” in the community, which is very important in our recruiting efforts and our long term success as a Detachment.

The funds we collect are used in support of:

  • Our Veteran’s Assistance activities at the VA Hospital in Augusta Georgia
  • Abused and neglected children
  • JROTC Scholarships and other worthy community programs