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Northern Kentucky Young Marines unit selected as Division 2 Unit of the Year

The Northern Kentucky YOUNG MARINES unit has been selected as the Division 2 Unit of the Year (Division 2 includes units from Kentucky, North Carolina, West Virginia, Virginia, Maryland, Delaware, and DC).

The Young Marines organization is divided into six divisions across the United States.

There are nearly 300 active units currently; each of which is led and guided by adult volunteers. Annually, one unit is selected from each Division and from these six winners, one will named “National Unit of the Year” at the Adult Leaders Conference.

Northern Kentucky represented Division 2 at the conference in Orlando in May.

Chartered in 2005, the Northern Kentucky Young Marines unit currently has 28 members, boys and girls ranging from 8 to 18 years old (from Ohio, Kentucky and Indiana), plus 8 Adult Volunteer Leaders.

This is the first “Unit of the Year” title for the group.

The unit has represented Kentucky in 2011, 2013, and 2017 at the Pearl Harbor Memorial parades in Hawaii and is the Proud Home of the 2011 Advanced Leadership School Honor Graduate, the 2013 Division 2 Young Marine of the Year, the 2016 Division 2 Young Marine of the Year, the 2016 Advanced Leadership School Iron Mike & Honor Graduate, the 2017 Division 2 Young Marine of the Year, 2017 National Junior Leadership School Honor Graduate and the 2013-14 NATIONAL Young Marine of the Year.

The Young Marines is a Leadership Program for kids ages 8 through the completion of high school modeled after and endorsed by the United State Marine Corps.

The NKY unit (one of nearly 300 across the U.S.) focuses on Military & American History, physical fitness, public speaking, citizenship, community service, and living a healthy, drug-free lifestyle.

Young Marines are not pushed into the military, but they are required to appreciate the freedoms granted by those who serve(d).

Find out more at NKyYoungMarines.com

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