McHenry County Detachment Marine Corps League #1009

The Marine Corps League is a charter member of The Military Coalition, The National Marine Corps Council, AdHoc Committee, Navy and Marine Corps Council, the National Veterans Day Committee, and is represented on countless committees and programs serving the military and veteran community.

About Us

The League participates in patriotic functions such as the National Memorial Day Parade and the National 4th of July Parade in Washington as well as countless statewide and community parades around the country. We provide representation to the U.S. Congress in legislative matters affecting the United States Marine Corps, national security and veteran’s benefits through our National Legislative Committee. Most importantly, Marine Corps League Detachments are actively involved in Community based programs throughout the country.

Our Mission

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 and former Marines 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 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.

Marine Corps League Parade

About Our Detachment

The McHenry County Detachment chartered over 25 years ago. Our 130+ member detachment is proud to serve our communities and fellow veterans throughout McHenry County, including but not limited to:

  • McHenry
  • Harvard
  • Woodstock
  • Cary
  • Crystal Lake
  • Algonquin
  • Johnsburg
  • Richmond

We lead parades, provide ceremonials to business grand openings, and we:

  • Fundraise
  • Participate in Chamber of Commerce events
  • Provide ceremonials at business ribbon cutting ceremonies
  • Manage the Marine Corps Toys for Tots programs throughout McHenry County
  • Provide Good Citizenship Awards at Scouting America Eagle Scout ceremonials
  • Support the Young Marines Programs in our area
  • We are a leading resource for the American Veterans Alliance of McHenry County

Among a host of other endeavors in support of our community, we also support our fellow veterans:

  • Scholarship Progam of the Marine Corps League
  • Funeral Services for veterans by flag folding, bugler, and rifle salute in support for families, veterans, and the Marine Corps
  • Assist veterans during financial crisis by providing financial support where needed
  • Financial and equipment donations to veteran programs in our areas, such as Veterans Path to Hope, Veterans Closet, to name a few
  • Fishing programs, such as the Take a Vet Fishing, and our very own Annual Tom Gillis Fishing Tournament
  • Provide veteran assistance by providing a direction where to get financial, mental, medical and veteran assistance in the right places.
  • Employment job search assistance
  • Veteran Business direction
  • We have an awesome list of Veteran Services Officers who get the job done for our veterans and their families

Our membership is composed of veterans qualified to assist our fellow veterans:

  • Bankers
  • Insurance Providers
  • Government Services
  • Small Business Entrepreneurs

Our services to veterans and to our communities are broad based. Obviously, we are more than simply a social organization. We support each other and our communities by ensuring our veterans have a place where they can feel comfortable with fellow veterans.

  • We socialize on Fridays, RED (Remember Everyone Deployed), where we wear red shirts. We call it Red Shirt Fridays, where we socialize over a beverage and a meal where in involve family members as well.
  • Breakfast Club
  • Camping excursions
  • Travel excursions
  • Marksmanship Club, where we go to the range twice per month and have a blast!
  • Socialize through picnics, gatherings, and enjoy Christmas and holidays together

The McHenry County Detachment has a reputation of getting things done. We are proud to be a resource for the veteran community and we can rely upon to get it done and get it done well. The sense of Semper Fidelis did not stop when we hung up our uniform. Marines continue to serve even after military service has become a part of our past. If you support the McHenry County Marines, it goes a long way to support veterans. Thank you for caring. We appreciate your assistance and we are here for you.

If you want to become a member of the Marine Corps League, McHenry County Detachment, contact us. If you want to support our organization, please contact us or visit out donation location.