On 10 November 1775, a Corps of Marines was created by a resolution of the Continental Congress. Since that time many thousand men and women have proudly borne the name "Marine". Known primarily for their successes on the battlefields of history, Marines also have served throughout the world in times of natural disaster and civil disruption.
Although battle-hardened, Marines know how to celebrate their birthday. Perhaps this has something to do the location of the first recruiting drive, Tun Tavern in Philadelphia. Each year on 10 November, Marines gather together to toast the birth of their Corps. Whether it be c-ration pound cake and bomb-crater coffee hurriedly downed during a lull in the battle, or a perfect standing rib roast served on fine china, Marines pay homage to their predessors and renew their vows of "semper fi" on this special day.
This year I had the privledge of sharing this special day, our 225th birthday, with 21 other retired and fromer Marines and their spouses at a modest celebration in Ada, OK. In keeping with tradition, the oldest Marine present (86 years old) got the first piece of cake, and the youngest Marine (31 years old) got the second piece.
Please join me in wishing "God-speed and Safe home" to the young men and women serving their country today.
Thank you, Semper fi Captain of Marines (Retired)