Today is the 229th Birthday of the Unites States Marine Corps. I am proud to serve my Country and my God, and I am proud to be a Marine. The Marine Corps Birthday is one of the many traditions passed down from the Marines (United States Marine Corps) who served before my time. There are several traditions that happen at a Marine Corps Birthday Ball, one of which is the reading of General John A. Lejune’s (13th Commandant of the Marine Corps) Birthday Message.
On November 10, 1775, a Corps of Marines was created by a resolution of the Continental Congress. Since that date, many thousand men have borne the name Marine. In memory of them, it is fitting that we who are Marines should commemorate the Birthday of our Corps by calling to mind the glories of its long and illustrious history.
The record of our Corps is one which will bear comparison with that of the most famous military organizations in the world’s history. During 90 of the 146 years of it’s existence the Marine Corps has been in action against the nations foes. From the battle of Trenton to the Argonne, Marines have won foremost honors in war, and in the long eras of tranquility at home. Generation after generation of Marines have grown gray in was in both hemispheres and in every corner of the seven seas that our country and its citizens might enjoy peace and security.
In every battle and skirmish since the birth of our Corps Marines have acquitted themselves with the greatest distinction, winning new honors on each occasion until the term Marine has come to signify all that is highest in military efficiency and soldierly virtue.
This high name of distinction and soldierly repute we who are Marines today have received from those who preceded us in the Corps. With it we also received from them the eternal spirit which has animated our Corps from generation to generation and has been the distinguishing mark of the Marines in every age. So long as that spirit continues to flourish Marines will be found equal to every emergency in the future as they have been in the past, and the men of our nation will regard us as worthy successors to the long line of illustrious men who have served as “Soldiers of the Sea” since the founding of the Corps.
Another one of these traditions is the cutting of the cake. The first piece is presented to the oldest Marine present, signifying the honor and respect accorded to experience and seniority. Symbolically, the eldest Marine present passes a piece of cake to the youngest Marine present, just as for 229 years our experienced Marines have nurtured and led young Marines that will fill our ranks and renew our Corps.
A proud tradition in which I took an active role this year was rendering Honors the former Commandants of the Marine Corps. There were four teams of an officer, a wreath bearer, and a bugler that performed these Honors on the 229th Birthday of the united States Marine Corps.
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