The Eagle, Globe, and Anchor


The origins of the eagle, globe, and anchor insignia worn by Marines can be traced to those ornaments worn by early Continental Marines as well as to the British Royal Marines.


In 1776, Marines wore a device depicting a fouled anchor. Changes were made to that device in 1798, 1821, and 1824. An eagle was added in 1834. The current insignia dates to 1868 when Brigadier General Commandant Jacob Zeilin convened a board "to decide and report upon the various devices of cap ornaments of the Marine Corps." A new insignia was recommended and approved by the Commandant. On 19 November 1868, the new insignia was accepted by the Secretary of the Navy.


The new emblem featured a globe showing the western hemisphere intersected by a fouled anchor and surmounted by an eagle. Atop the device, a ribbon was inscribed with the Latin motto "Semper Fidelis." The globe signified the service of the United States Marines throughout the world. The anchor was indicative of the amphibious nature of the Marine Corps. The eagle, symbolizing a proud nation, was not the American bald eagle, but rather a crested eagle, a species found throughout the world. Click here to continue reading. 


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The Logo


Since we are talking about the meaning of the Marine Corps logo, we thought it would be nice to give an explanation of what the logo means.
  • Our logo resembles the infinity symbol, which represents how is there for you for a lifetime, no matter where you or your loved one(s) are in the Marine Corps Career.
  • The logo is an image of three people connected with one another, showing that provides a Place to Connect & Share® for military families. For some, those connections are not only physical embraces of caring, but also a representation of the infinite number of relationships being created by Marine Corps families. While most of these connections are made in a virtual world -- via Marine Family Network™ and/or Official Marine Parents and Official Recruit Parents Facebook groups -- the relationships forged with one another are very real, just as the support of our outreach programs is very real. Likewise, infinity is virtual, yet real.
  • The logo has three people in it to represent the three stages where provides support and information:
    • Before the Corps:
      • Provides support, information, and services to poolee and recruit family members while their loved one is in boot camp and provides exhibit materials during spring poolee events.
    • During the Corps:
      • Provides an OPSEC-compliant Place to Connect & Share® for recruit and Marine family members that is guided by trained volunteer moderators.
      • Provides support, information, and services to Marine family members during their new Marine's School of Infantry (SOI) and Military Occupational Specialty (MOS) schooling.
      • Supports deployed troops by sending care packages with letters and items donated by individuals in communities throughout the United States.
      • Provides support to wounded, ill, and injured troops through prayers and letters written by individuals in communities throughout the United States.
      • Provides information about Permanent Duty Stations in our Unit Information Database and answers questions about deployment.
    • After the Corps:
      • Provides resources, support, fellowship, and social events to wounded, ill, and injured troops and veterans, including those living with combat operational stress and/or post-traumatic stress, as well as to provide resources and support to caregivers and family members.
      • Provides support, information, and services to post-9/11 Marines and their family members during the transition into IRR, reintegration to civilian society upon discharge from the Corps, and as veterans.
      • Provides support, information, and services to Gold Star family members, promotes events, memorials, and foundations in memory of their loved ones, and encourages the public to honor and remember our fallen heroes.

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When you shop, you support:
Marine Parents™ | Recruit Parents™ | What's After Boot™ | Care Package Project™ | Warrior Support Team™ 
Operation PAL™ | After the Corps™ | Gold Star Family Support™ | Luminary Initiative™ | Team Marine Parents™ 

Place to Connect & Share®

, Inc. is an IRS-approved 501(c)(3) public charity, founded on January 21, 2003, to provide support, information, and services to Marines and their family members, and to create opportunities for individuals to support our troops. In over 12 years of service, Marine Parents has made a huge impact in support of Marines, military personnel, and their family members.

Marine family members are encouraged to support one another through activities and networking provided by the organization and guided by trained volunteers. Outreach to injured troops is volunteer-centered with in-person contact. Additional troop-support centered programs are designed to actively engage individuals and communities across the United States while maintaining the privacy of military personnel. All services are offered free to family members, Marines, and military personnel.

In 12 years of service, has:
  • Invested over $6 million delivering direct support to Marines, their families and other military personnel.
  • Provided information and a Place to Connect & Share® to more than 311,000 family members through a network of communities and educational websites.
  • Collected materials and shipped over 39,000 care packages to Marines and military personnel in combat zones.
  • Involved thousands of Americans in sending over 93,000 cards and letters to injured troops.
  • Served over 40,000 meals to injured troops and their families at military medical facilities on the east and west coasts.
  • Planned and carried out recreational events for hundreds of injured troops and their families.
  • Delivered materials and resources to aid in the recovery process to hundreds of family members of injured troops.
  • Provided support and networking to hundreds of Gold Star families.
Tracy Della Vecchia, Founder and Executive Director, leads the operations from the corporate office in Columbia, Missouri with staff, volunteers, and a volunteer Board of Directors. In addition to the moderated, OPSEC-compliant social media groups, chat rooms, and informative websites, several outreach programs to support Marines and families before, during and after the Marine Corps are provided by the organization. Funding for the programs is through donations, grants, fundraising and EGA Shop sales. In 2009, the 15-item online store began expansion, eventually becoming the EGA Shop. In 2010, the production facility was established on-site to design and develop custom product, dramatically boosting sales and providing additional funding for the outreach programs. The organization is an official Marine Corps Trademark licensee.

Statistics updated January, 2015.