Birth of The Corps
10 November 2015
the 240th anniversary of the inception
United States Marine Corps
“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;
and that they be distinguished by the names of
the First and Second Battalions of Marines.”
Though it is disputed if a recruiting drive may have occurred earlier at Nicholas's family tavern,
the Conestoga Waggon [sic].
The Corps was re-established on 11 July 1798,
"act for establishing and organizing a Marine Corps"
was signed by President John Adams.
Prior to 1921;
Marines celebrated the re-creation of the Corps
on 11 July,
with little pomp or pageantry.
Lejeune so ordered this in Marine Corps Order 47;
dated 1 November 1921.
The first formal ball was celebrated in 1925,
though no records exist that indicate the proceedings
of that particular event.
Birthday celebrations would take varied forms,
most included dances,
though some accounts include mock battles,
musical performances, pageants,
and sporting events.
The celebrations were formalized and standardized
by Commandant Lemuel C. Shepherd, Jr. in 1952,
outlining the cake cutting ceremony,
which would enter the Marine Drill Manual in 1956.
the first slice of cake is given to the oldest Marine present, who in turn hands it off to the youngest Marine present, symbolizing the old and experienced Marines passing
their knowledge to the new generation of Marines.
The celebration also includes a reading
of Marine Corps Order 47,
republished every year,
as well as a message from the current Commandant,
and often includes a banquet and dancing,
In many cases,
the birthday celebration will also include a pageant
of current and historical Marine Corps uniforms,
as a reminder of the history of the Corps.
Another modern tradition includes a unit run on the 10th.
Marines are reputed to celebrate the birthday,
regardless of where they may be in the world,
even in austere environments or combat.
Almost every 'major city' in the United States has
a 'formal' Marine Corps Ball celebration in accordance
with the traditions of the Marine Corps Manual,
within a day or two of the actual date set forth
United States Marine Corps.
*the above info is from Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia...
relive the moment Marines...
the first 5min at Marine Corps Recruit Depot - San Diego
Marine Corp Hymn...
The "Marines' Hymn" is the official hymn of the United States Marine Corps. It is the oldest official song in the United States Armed Forces. The "Marines' Hymn" is typically sung at the position of attention as a gesture of respect. However, the third verse is also used as a toast during formal events, such as the birthday ball and other ceremonies.