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Tri-State Young Marines to host open house, enrollment Tuesday

GROWING AND LEARNING — The Tri-State Young Marines fosters many opportunities for its members to learn and grow. Some of the members are shown with Hancock County Deputy Sheriff Hugh Tate and K-9 Dagoo for a canine demonstration as part of drug demand reduction training. -- Contributed

WEIRTON — The Young Marines, a national youth organization, will hold an information session for prospective parents and youth for the Tri-State Unit at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday at the Weirton VFW Post No. 2716, located at 2534 Main St.

The Young Marines is a youth education and service program for boys and girls, age 8 through the completion of high school. The program focuses on character building, leadership, self-discipline and promoting a healthy, drug-free lifestyle.

“We are putting a call out to boys and girls to join our ranks,” said Gabe Arlia, unit commander of the Tri-State Young Marines. “In the Young Marines, many friendships are formed, and many such friendships continue into adulthood.”

The open house will be an opportunity to meet Young Marines and staff. The new recruit class begins Sept. 10.

There are leadership schools as well as travel opportunities such as visiting Pearl Harbor, participating in National Code Talkers Day and joining summer camps for sailing, simulated flying, working at a cattle ranch, exploring the “Wild West,” scuba diving lessons and visiting American historical sites.

The Tri-State Unit and the Young Marines’ objectives are:

– To promote the physical, moral and mental development of its members;

– To advocate a healthy, drug-free lifestyle through continual drug prevention education

– To instill in its members the ideals of honesty, fairness, courage, respect, loyalty, dependability, attention to duty, love of God and fidelity to the United States of America and its institutions;

– To stimulate interest in and respect for academic achievement and the history and traditions of the United States of America; and

– To promote physical fitness through physical activities, including participation in athletic events and close order drill.

“We’re growing and learning all the time,” Arlia said. “We are a successful unit, and we measure success by community involvement and kids having fun while learning.”

For information, e-mail tristateym@gmail.com.

Since the Young Marines’ humble beginnings in 1959 with one unit and a handful of boys, the organization has grown to 264 units with 8,950 youth and 2,600 adult volunteers in 39 states, the District of Columbia and Okinawa with affiliates in other countries. For information, visit the official website at www.YoungMarines.com.

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