Monday, November 10, 2008

Happy Birthday, Marines

I found the following at Air Force Link, the official Web site of the U. S. Air Force ---

The Air Force salutes the Marine Corps on its 233nd birthday Nov. 10.

Originally founded on Nov. 10, 1775, the Marine Corps was composed mainly of infantrymen serving aboard Navy ships. They were primarily responsible for the security of the ship, offensive and defensive boarding parties. They also helped protect the ship's officers from mutiny.

In 1921, Marine Gen. John A. Lejeune issued Marine Corps Order No. 47, Series 1921 that directed the history, traditions and mission of the Marine Corps to be read to all Marines on Nov. 10 to honor the service's creation. And in 1925, the first formal Marine Corps Birthday Ball was held in Philadelphia.

Today, the Marines Corps is an amphibious expeditionary force that also support missions from the White House and the State Department.

Semper Fi and happy birthday.


The things Marines do best are protect and preserve our freedoms.

We owe them our deepest thanks.

God bless them and Happy Birthday, Marines


Danvers said...

Of all the armed services in the US, the Marine Corps epitomises the spirit of a great country and people.

How utterly ironic that these brave men and women have been betrayed and in all probability defeated, not by a cowardly enemy, but by the very people that they pledge to (and very often do) die to protect.