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Project F.A.I.T.H. is a committee driven program that is in the process of being developed within the Detachment. F.A.I.T.H. is an acronym that, in this case, stands for Funding Assistance In Trying Hours. This program is currently being ran in other parts of the state by other Marine Corps League detachments with great success. Project F.A.I.T.H. is a program that is able to provide veterans and their families (spouse and/or children) with immediate family, life, or living assistance, either financially or in-kind, in a time of need in the shortest time possible. This program allows Veterans (of all services) to reach out to the Detachment in times of need and if approved, the Detachment would be able to help out based off of available funds provided by donors throughout the County or by businesses that would be willing to partner with the Detachment to provide in-kind donations (i.e. a plumber that provides donated plumbing services to a Veteran instead of donating funds directly to Project F.A.I.T.H.).  For more information on this program of the Ellis County Detachment 1452, please visit the Project F.A.I.T.H. program web page.

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The Detachment's Ceremonial Guard unit consists of a Color Guard and an Honor Guard. Both of these details represent both the Detachment and the League in the Ellis County community and surrounding rural areas. Our Color Guard typically performs in community parades, but is also available for any situation where the Colors are to be presented. If anyone would like to request Color Guard support we would be glad to support, if available. Please email the detachment at and we will respond in a timely manner and if feasible will support when/where we can.

The Honor Guard is a bit more complex as there are several aspects that go into the various functions of this detail. Primarily, the Honor Guard conducts Military Funeral Honors, in accordance with Department of Defense directives, to honor the service and sacrifice of veterans at the time of their memorial or graveside funeral service. Military Funeral Honors entails a detail from the local Reserve station(s) from the surrounding bases; which consists of at least two service members, and at least one of them from the service of the deceased veteran. These service members are responsible for folding and presenting the casket flag to the Next of Kin, the playing of TAPS, if available, and for the firing party of anywhere from three to seven riflemen firing a 3-round volley during the memorial or graveside funeral service. Most reserve stations do not have the personnel to provide a firing party, so our Detachment provides this service (Free of charge to the family and to the funeral home) in order to honor the life and service of the Veteran as well as show the family that the Marine Corps and the Marine Corps League is there for them. Additionally, we provide this service to any branch of the military. As an example, our very first firing party detail was for an Army Veteran at the DFW National Cemetery.

The 3-round volley is what most people misconstrue as a 21-gun salute. 21-gun salutes are conducted typically on ships as 3-round volley's honor veterans during their memorial or graveside funeral service. Military Funeral Honors must be requested through the funeral home's Funeral Director at the time that arrangements are made. To make the process easier, specifically request (during initial planning) the Ellis County Detachment 1452 of the Marine Corps League to provide the firing party and this will alleviate any last minute hoops to be jumped through when the Reserve station comes back and is not able to support, as they typically have to. Also, if we can support the service, that allows the Reserve station to use their personnel elsewhere in accomplishing their daily mission. The Funeral Home will contact the Detachment and we will do what we can to support, as long as personnel are available. A family can contact the Detachment directly at the email address above; however, the Funeral Director coordinates and schedules all aspects of the service with the specific branch of service headquarters, so he/she must be the one to make the formal request. 


The Marine Corps League considers it an Honor and Privilege to recognize America's future leaders for earning the Scouts of America Eagle Scout Award by presenting them the Marine Corps League's "Good Citizenship Award" certificate and to have the Eagle Scout become aware that the skills that he mastered to become an Eagle Scout are also held in very high regards by the Marine Corps League and corporations throughout the United States.

The Detachment's goal is to ensure that every new Eagle Scout be awarded a Good Citizenship Award, but that can only happen by the Boy Scout Troop informing the Detachment in enough time for a Good Citizenship Award certificate to be requested and received by the National Headquarters of the Marine Corps League so that a member of the Detachment can present it at the Scouts Court of Honor Ceremony, if feasible. The application for the certificate can be found at the link below. Once it is completed please email it to the Detachment at and we will do our best to make it happen in the time frame given. If there is not enough time to receive the certificate prior to the Court of Honor ceremony we will ensure that the certificate is mailed in a timely manner.

Application for Certificate 


n 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 attacked the Germans in the trenches at Belleau 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.


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

  • Roses are purchased from the MCL National Headquarters, Ships Store 
  • Coordination is made with local businesses or organizations to set-up a table or booth at their location to pass out roses and collect voluntary donations
  • Advertise what the Marine Rose Program is and what the donations will be used for 
  • To be conducted each year in conjunction with the Marine Corps Birthday, or whenever the Detachment feels it will be most effective
  • Funds are not to be used for the detachment's "general fund", to fund Detachment parties, cook-outs, Birthday Balls, etc.  They should be used for the purposes stated above



The Cam Posey Memorial Scholarship Fund is managed at the Department of Texas, Marine Corps League and grants scholarships to qualified individuals to attend college or vocational training within the State of Texas in order of need and preference as follows:

1. Sons and daughters of Marines who have lost their lives in the line of duty;

2. Sons and daughters of active members of the Department of Texas, Marine Corps League, or Marine Corps League Auxiliary;

3. Grandchildren, and great grandchildren of active members of the Department of Texas, Marine Corps League, or Marine Corps League Auxiliary;

4. Members of the Department of Texas, Marine Corps League, Marine Corps League Auxiliary, or any honorably discharged Marine in need of vocational training.

NOTE: The deadline for submission of the application or renewal request is 1 May, Annually. This application IS NOT year specific. You can download the application with applicable instructions at the link below.

Cam Posey Application


The National Marine Corps League Scholarship provides scholarship grants to qualified applicants who are pursuing an undergraduate degree, and will be enrolled as a full time student (12 semester hour minimum) in the upcoming academic year Fall Semester and is attending an accredited undergraduate institution. Scholarships may be awarded for a maximum of four (4) years. (These Grants do not have to be in consecutive years).

NOTE: The deadline for submission of the application or renewal request is postmarked on or before 16 July, Annually. This application IS year specific. You can download the application with applicable instructions at the link below.

2018 National Marine Corps League Scholarship Recipients

College Locator

2019 Scholarship Application

2019 Scholarship Checklist

Visit the Marine Corps League's Programs page to access the most up-to-date information.


Legislative information is provided on the Marine Corps League's Program page by members of the National Legislative Committee. Members of the Marine Corps League having an interest in general legislative matters are invited to review these items and return to the site from time to time to review updated or added material. The Marine Corps League is a member of The Military Coalition, an organization comprised of 28 member organizations representing more than five million members of the uniformed services - active, reserve, retired, survivors, veterans - and their families. In addition to Marine Corps League-specific legislative initiatives, it makes every effort to participate with the larger group on most issues. Any member of the League who has legislative input is welcome to contact your Department Commandant or his/her appointed state legislative officer or any member of National Legislative Committee.

Useful Links: 

The Military Coalition

House Committee on Veterans Affairs

Senate Committee on Veterans Affairs

Department of Veterans Affairs

About us

The Ellis County Det. 1452 is a 501(c)(4) tax-exempt nonprofit corporation (Federal Tax Id: 81-5103004) founded in Ennis, Texas, and is a subordinate organization of the Marine Corps League Inc. with a special group tax exemption (Group Exemption Number: 0955).

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Join with others who want to make a difference in the lives of Veterans in and around Ellis County, Texas.
Join with others who want to make a difference in the lives of Veterans in and around Ellis County, Texas.

Contact us

Official Mailing Address:

3804 Lake Bardwell Drive  Ennis, Texas 75119

Phone: 469.894.2023

Veterans Organization in Ellis County, TX

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