Happy 234th Birthday, US Marine Corps

9 Nov 2009

The date was November 10, 1775. The place was Tun Tavern, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The Second Continental Congress had decreed:

That two battalions of Marines be raised consisting of one Colonel, two lieutenant-colonels, two majors and other officers, as usual in other regiments; that they consist of an equal number of privates as with other battalions, that particular care be taken that no persons be appointed to offices, or enlisted into said battalions, but such as are good seamen, or so acquainted with maritime affairs as to be able to serve for and during the present war with Great Britain and the Colonies; unless dismissed by Congress; that they be distinguished by the names of the First and Second Battalions of Marines.

Commandant Samuel Nicholas sat in the tavern, enlisting recruits for the Continental Marines, as they were known back then.

Today, all Marines celebrate November 10th as the Marine Corps Birthday. This year, the Marine Corps Ball of the Commandant of the Marine Corps will take place on Saturday, the 14th. Other posts will celebrate at differing dates throughout the week. One thing always found in common with any Marine Corps Birthday celebration, from the Commandant’s Ball to just two Marines in a foxhole, is the cake. The cake cutting ceremony is very dear to all Marines.

It’s said that it’s a small world in the Corps. Most Marines will serve with others they have known elsewhere at almost every duty station they are ever sent to. This tight-knit “band of brothers” take tradition and honor very seriously.

Semper Fi, Devil Dogs.

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