Welcome to this week’s edition of “Trending Topic Tuesday,” where we share our take on what’s going on in the world and what promotional products would appropriately (or inappropriately) market the subject matter.
The Internet is abuzz today with word that actress Mila Kunis has accepted an invitation to this year’s Marine Corps Ball that was delivered via YouTube. The video (shown above) features Sgt. Scott Moore of the 3rd Battalion 2nd Marines in Musa Qala, Afghanistan, and his polite request: “I just wanted to take a moment out of my day to invite you to the Marine Corps Ball on November 18th in Greenville, North Carolina, with yours truly. So take a second, think about it and get back to me.” With a little encouragement from her Friends With Benefits co-star, Justin Timberlake, Mila announced that she would indeed go to the Ball with Sgt. Moore.
The Marine Corps Ball is celebrated annually in honor of the founding of the branch back in 1775. It is a very important event for all marines; balls are held at bases throughout the nation and celebrations are even held by units in the field unable to attend the formal parties. The celebrations were actually formalized and standardized in 1952 to include a cake-cutting ceremony, which is in the Marine Drill Manual. Maybe promotional products like balloons customized with the Marine Corps logo can be made standard as well.
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