Freedom is not free, but the U.S. Marine Corps will pay most of your share.
~ Ned Dolan
The Marines are 237 years old.
The official birthday of the United States Marine Corps, on 10 November 1775, began with the Second Continental Congress decree:
“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.”
The 13th Commandant, Gen. John A. Lejeune, in 1921 issued Marine Corps Order No. 47, Series 1921.
Gen. Lejeune’s order summarized the history, mission, and tradition of the Corps. It further directed that the order be read to all Marines on 10 November of each year to honor the founding of the Marine Corps. Thereafter, 10 November became a unique day for U.S. Marines throughout the world.
Soon, some Marine commands began to not only honor the birthday, but celebrate it.
The first celebration was in 1925.
The Marines anniversary message for this year:
A military tribute to all our men and women serving our country:
This is why I know we will get our country back. Our military shows us the way with their spirit, courage, and love of country. If they are willing to risk their lives for this United States, the least the rest of us can do is fight alongside them to keep our freedoms.