The day after the Marines’ birthday is Veterans Day – November 11. Veterans Day is a day to honor those who have served in any of the U.S. Armed Forces. This American holiday coincides with other holidays in different parts of the world that also mark the anniversary of the end of World War I.
Ninety five years ago, President Woodrow Wilson first proclaimed November 11, 1919 as the first commemoration of Armistice Day:
“To us in America, the reflections of Armistice Day will be filled with solemn pride in the heroism of those who died in the country’s service and with gratitude for the victory, both because of the thing from which it has freed us and because of the opportunity it has given America to show her sympathy with peace and justice in the councils of the nations.”
The day was originally celebrated with parades, public meetings and a brief breaks for all businesses beginning at 11:00am. In 1938, the 11th of November became an official legal holiday dedicated to the cause of world peace. In 1954, at the urging of veterans, the Act of 1938 was passed. This act replaced the word Armistice with the word Veterans, and since that time we’ve celebrated Veteran’s Day and honored all American veterans every year on Nov. 11
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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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.
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.
As Memorial Day approaches, it is time to pause and consider the
true meaning of this holiday. Memorial Day represents one day of
national awareness and reverence, honoring those Americans who died
while defending our Nation and its values. While we should honor these
heroes every day for the profound contribution they have made to
securing our Nation’s freedom, we should honor them especially on
All Americans need to come together to recognize how fortunate
we are to live in freedom and to observe a universal “National Moment
of Remembrance” on each Memorial Day. This memorial observance
represents a simple and unifying way to commemorate our history and
honor the struggle to protect our freedoms.
Drew Carey enlisted in the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve in 1980 and served for six years. Since then, he’s had his own successful sitcom, hosted the improv show Who’s Line Is It Anyway? and currently is the host of The Price Is Right.
What famous person do you know served in the Marine Corps and those who are rumored to have served? Let us know and get the conversation started.
Many Americans mistakenly believe that Veterans Day is the day America sets aside to honor American military personnel who died in battle or as a result of wounds sustained from combat. That’s not quite true. Memorial Day is the day set aside to honor America’s war dead.
Veterans Day, on the other hand, honors ALL American veterans, both living and dead. In fact, Veterans Day is largely intended to thank LIVING veterans for dedicated and loyal service to their country. November 11 of each year is the day that we ensure veterans know that we deeply appreciate the sacrifices they have made in the lives to keep our country free.
Like the U.S. Marine Corps itself, the annual Birthday Ball has evolved from simple origins to the polished and professional functions of today. Nonetheless, one thing remains constant, the tenth day of November! This unique holiday for warriors is a day of camaraderie, a day to honor Corps and Country. Throughout the world on 10 November, U.S. Marines celebrate the birth of their Corps — the most loyal, most feared, most revered, and most professional fighting force the world has ever known.
Happy Birthday and Semper Fi, Marines!
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