Young Marines in Hawaii for Pearl Harbor Remembrance
Tuesday, December 11, 2018
Young Marines participated in a wreath laying ceremony at the National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific and led the Pearl Harbor Memorial Parade in Hawaii.
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Young Marines raises money to ‘Strengthen the Lives of America’s Youth’ at annual golf tournament
Thursday, October 25, 2018
The Young Marines raised $45,000 at its annual golf tournament held September 24, at the Medal of Honor Golf Course at Marine Corps Base Quantico.
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Two Young Marines Awarded Jimmy Trimble Scholarships
Monday, October 1, 2018
Young Marines SgtMaj Tyson Henry, of East Valley Young Marines, and Young Marines MGySgt William J. Daniels, Quartz Hill Young Marines were selected to receive Jimmy Trimble Scholarships from the American Veterans Center.
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Young Marines Honor Navajo Code Talkers
Wednesday, August 22, 2018
More than 100 Young Marines from across the country traveled to Window Rock, Arizona, for the annual National Navajo Code Talkers Day on Tuesday, August 14, 2018. The event recognizes the Navajo men who joined the U.S. Marine Corps during World War I
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YM SgtMaj Lauren Loria named ‘National Young Marine of the Year’
Tuesday, June 5, 2018
The Young Marines announced the 2018 - 2019 National Young Marine of the Year – YM SgtMaj Lauren Loria. She is a member of the Col. Wesley Fox Young Marines in Sterling, Virginia.
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Young Marines National Foundation announces National Security Leadership Award
Monday, May 28, 2018
The Young Marines National Foundation presented the inaugural National Security Leadership Award on behalf of the Daniel Morgan Graduate School of National Security (DMGS) to Colette S. Prosser of the Richland County Young Marines in Mansfield, Ohio.
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Young Marines Name 'National Adult Volunteer of the Year' - Colette Prosser
Friday, May 25, 2018
The Young Marines named Colette S. Prosser of Mansfield, Ohio, the “National Adult Volunteer of the Year”. Prosser volunteered an astounding 2,538 hours during the past fiscal year.
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Upstate Young Marines of Greenville, South Carolina, is the 2018 National Unit of the Year
Wednesday, May 23, 2018
The Young Marines announced the “2018 National Unit of the Year” – Upstate Young Marines of Greenville, South Carolina. Upstate Young Marines has 58 active Young Marines and 18 adult volunteers.
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The DEA presents Enrique ‘Kiki’ Camarena awards to six units of the Young Marines
Monday, May 21, 2018
The Drug Enforcement Administration and the Young Marines announced the Young Marines unit winners of the Enrique "Kiki" Camarena Award. The award honors six units for drug demand reduction efforts through community education and peer-to-peer role mo
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Wilson Lee Named New Deputy Director of Young Marines
Thursday, May 10, 2018
Wilson Lee, Division 6 Commander of the Young Marines, has been hired as the Deputy Director – East / Chief of Staff.
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Young Marines mourns the passing of R. Lee Ermey, celebrity spokesperson
Monday, April 16, 2018
The Young Marines mourns the passing of R. Lee Ermey, 74. Ermey was the celebrity spokesperson for the Young Marines, lending his name and his strong support to the youth program.
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Ten Young Marines traveled to Iwo Jima for the annual ‘Reunion of Honor’
Tuesday, April 3, 2018
Ten youth members of the Young Marines escorted WWII veterans to Guam and Iwo Jima for the annual “Reunion of Honor” trip.
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Young Marines names ‘Division Young Marines of the Year’
Friday, February 2, 2018
The Young Marines has named six winners of one of its most prestigious awards - the “Division Young Marine of the Year. Each honoree is awarded a cash scholarship and will travel throughout the division to other units to lead, motivate, and serve as
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Fourteen-Year-Old Hero And Young Marine Honored By The San Diego City Council
Wednesday, January 24, 2018
City of San Diego declares “Sophia M. Righthouse Day” to honor heroic Young Marines member YM MSgt. Righthouse from Miramar Young Marines.
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Hanover Area Young Marine featured in TIME Magazine’s ‘Top 100 Photos for 2017’
Tuesday, December 26, 2017
YM MgySgt Garett Brauning from Hanover Area Young Marines is featured in Time Magazine’s “Top 100 Photos for 2017
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YM SgtMaj Lauren Loria named ‘National Young Marine of the Year’
Tuesday, June 5, 2018

Young Marine of the Year LoriaThe Young Marines, a national youth organization, announced the 2018 - 2019 National Young Marine of the Year – YM SgtMaj Lauren Loria, 17, of Fairfax, Virginia.

She is a member of the Col. Wesley Fox Young Marines in Sterling, Virginia. Loria is a senior at Chantilly High School.

She represented Division 2, competing with five other Division Young Marines of the Year for the title of National Young Marine of the Year which was announced at the annual Adult Leaders’ Conference for Young Marines held Saturday, May 12, 2018, in San Antonio, Texas.

“I was so excited when I heard my name announced,” Loria said. “This is the start of a new role for me in the Young Marines. My mother is so proud of me. She had been telling me I could achieve this, and I guess I proved her right!”

Loria joined the Young Marines the day she turned eight and is now in her ninth year in the program. She has faced many more challenges than her peers including being without a home while in the 4th and 5th grade.

“At that time, the Young Marines was the only stable part of my life,” she said. “For me, it is much more than a youth program; it’s a lifestyle and a family.”

After Loria had spent some time in the program, she developed a passion for teaching other Young Marines and being a part of a team.

“Since I first joined the program I have been teaching other kids, especially ones that have a harder time learning,” she said. “I find new ways to improve comprehension. Watching Young Marines that I have taught is very rewarding, and it is truly the reason why I have put my faith and heart into this program.”

“When you hear her story, you realize YM SgtMaj Loria is the personification of what makes the Young Marines program so powerful,” said Col William P. Davis USMC (Ret), national executive director and CEO of the Young Marines. “She has demonstrated perseverance over all these years as well as leadership at multiple levels now to include being the national representative of all our Young Marines. I know she will do very well especially given her passion for mentoring the youth in the program. Her dedication really shines through.”

Last March, as Division 2 Young Marine of the Year, Loria escorted WWII veterans to the annual Reunion of Honor trip to Guam and Iwo Jima.

Young Marines atop Mt. Suribachi“The trip to Guam was extraordinary with the culture and the historic sites, but Iwo Jima was something different,” Loria said. “It was humbling yet exciting, somber yet hopeful. The Reunion of Honor was an event where two nations came together to mourn a horrific battle and to swear to never allow it to happen again.”

Loria received the Commendation of Merit for an outstanding job as 1st Sgt. during Division 2's Frozen Chosen. She also earned a Distinguished Order of Merit for completing a two-year bench dedication project, now located in Eleanor C. Lawrence Park, in honor of Col Wesley Fox. In addition, Loria has been entered in the Congressional Record for her numerous community service hours.

Outside of Young Marines, Loria plays soccer and enjoys working on cars. In addition, she paints and spends time with her iguana, Hugo.

Her goals after high school are to apply for a motorsports scholarship to the University of Northwestern Ohio where she will earn a bachelor's degree in automotive technology for high performance vehicles and later, transfer to the Universal Technical Institute in California to get a certificate in Auto Collision.

“The Young Marines definitely helped me identify a career,” she said. “I believe I have the leadership skills and confidence to pursue it.”

As National Young Marine of the Year, Loria will travel throughout the country representing the Young Marines, and she will be a mentor to the 9,000 youth members of the organization.

“I am very excited to meet Young Marines from all across the country,” she said. “I want to make a lasting impact. I want to show them all the opportunities that the Young Marines give. I would also like to inspire the female Young Marines that this is as much a girls’ club as a boys’ club. Even if I only inspire one Young Marine, I will consider my mission a success.

About the Young Marines

The Young Marines is a national non-profit 501c (3) youth education and service program for boys and girls, age eight through the completion of high school. The Young Marines promotes the mental, moral and physical development of its members. The program focuses on teaching the values of leadership, teamwork and self-discipline, so its members can live and promote a healthy, drug-free lifestyle.

Since the Young Marines' humble beginnings in 1959 with one unit and a handful of boys, the organization has grown to 270 units with 9,000 youth and 2,600 adult volunteers in 40 states, the District of Columbia, Japan, and affiliates in other countries.

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