The emblem consists of an eagle, anchor, and globe. The eagle represents the nation that the Marines protect and is situated on top of the globe, wings open wide. In its mouth is a scroll with the words, “Semper Fidelis” (meaning "Always Faithful"). The anchor points to both the naval heritage of the Marines and their access to any coastline in the world. Finally, the globe stands for their worldwide presence.
The Marine emblem is a very powerful symbol. Together the three elements – eagle, anchor, and globe – represent the Marine’s diehard commitment to defend the United States, on air, land, and sea. In fact, this emblem has been a part of the Marine uniform since 1868 and became the official emblem in 1955.