To preserve the traditions, promote the interest, and perpetrate the history of the United States Marine Corps and, by fitting acts, to observe the anniversaries of historical occasions and of particular interest to Marines. To band those who are now serving the United States Marine Corps and those who have been honorably discharged from that service together in fellowship, that they may effectively promote the ideals of American freedom and democracy. To fit its members for the duties of citizenship and to encourage them to serve ably as citizens as they have served our nation under arms. To hold sacred the memory and history of men who have given their lives to the nation. To foster love for the principles that they have supported by blood and valor since the founding of the Republic. To maintain true allegiance to American institutions. To aid voluntarily, and to render assistance to all Marines, uniformed and civilian, as well as to their widows and orphans