Brighten up the holidays at the National Museum of the Marine Corps on December 3 at 4:00 p.m. with the lighting of the 30 ft. Christmas tree. This event pays special homage to those brave men who were shaping up the “decisive actions” of WWII in the Pacific 75 years ago.

“Every Marine who spends Christmas in service away from home is actually keeping Christmas in his home. He is making sure that the forces which have gravely threatened it are thoroughly defeated…” Marine Corps Commandant LtGen. Alexander A. Vandergrift wrote in his 1944 Christmas message to Marines around the world. “On this fourth wartime Christmas he has gone far toward that end. The enemy forces in the Pacific have been driven back to their innermost ring of defenses.”

It is fitting that 75 years later we should continue to honor those sacrifices. The official “tree lighter” is Jack Elliott, a WWII veteran who also served in Korea and Vietnam and currently serves as a docent at the Museum. With live music, a special WWII themed tree and Marines in period uniforms, the event promises to be a can’t miss holiday event. Guests are welcome to dress in period wear as well, though it is not mandatory.

Join the Museum in celebrating and learn more about “Holidays on the Homefront.”

The Museum is a public-private partnership between the U.S. Marine Corps and the Marine Corps Heritage Foundation. It is located at 18900 Jefferson Davis Highway in Triangle, VA and is open 9:00 am to 5:00 pm daily except December 25th. Admission and parking are free. For more information, call 703-784-6107 or visit on the web at


National Museum Of The Marine Corps

18900 Jefferson Davis Hwy
Triangle, VA 22172

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