Marine Corps Birthday
On November 10, 1775, the Second Continental Congress passed a resolution establishing the Continental Marines, and marking the birth date of the United States Marine Corps.
The first marines distinguished themselves from others in a number of operations, including their very first amphibious raid into the Bahamas. While the Marines disappeared for awhile after the American Revolution, they were formally re-established in 1798, and they have been serving the U.S. faithfully since.
The Marines birthday is celebrated every year with a traditional ball and cake-cutting ceremony. The first formal ball was celebrated in 1925, and there were no formal birthday celebrations prior to 1921. Early celebrations consisted of dancing, mock battles, musical performances and pageants.
By 1952, Commandant Lemuel C. Shepherd, Jr. had outlined the cake cutting ceremony. Today, by tradition, the cake cutting still takes place and the first slice of cake is given to the oldest Marine present, who in turn hands it off to the youngest Marine present.
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