November – Celebrate the Troops

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, blogincluding 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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What Do Marines Do?

The United States Marine Corps is the nation’s amphibious force-in-readiness. The fundamental mission of the Corps is to simply be ready to protect US citizens and interests at the drop of a hat, anywhere in the world.blog

Today Marines have two main responsibilities: to remain ready to serve on land, sea and in the air, and to maintain the skills necessary for amphibious operations, and any other duties the President may direct.

U.S. Marines are typically the first on site in emergency situations and hostile areas, as operational readiness is the cornerstone of the Corps’ existence. Besides readiness, the Marines also emphasize versatility and the totally integrated capabilities of the Marine air-ground team.

Being versatile ensures the Marines can complete any duty the President directs. Additionally, the Marines’ method of tailoring their air-ground teams’ structures ensures that each team is a fully integrated component of the greater Marine expeditionary organization, and that each could team could also stand on their own.

Today, as always, Marines stand by at the ready around the world, and keep a constant watch on the sea, and beyond.