US Marine Corps 2nd Reconnaissance Battalion Marines Beach Training
Marines with 2nd Reconnaissance Battalion, 2nd Marine Division reach their designated turning point during an amphibious beach exercise at Onslow beach, aboard Camp Lejeune, N.C., March 19, 2015. The training started with basic boat manipulations teaching Marines how to operate the Zodiac F470 Combat Rubber Raiding Craft in various formations and went over emergency procedures, such as man overboard drills.|Photo by Cpl. Tyler Andersen

US Marine Corps Celebrate 240th Birthday

The US Marine Corps were founded on Nov. 10, 1775, as the Continental Marines, and have been providing security for our country ever since.

The following is a release from the U.S. Marine Corps:

Marking the birth of our Corps and honoring our proud lineage of warriors, Nov. 10 is a celebratory occasion throughout our ranks.

Since the official order that established it as a Marine Corps holiday in 1921, the Marine Corps birthday has been a yearly reminder of the brave spirit that has compelled young men and women to defend our nation and its interests for more than two centuries.

The celebration includes a formal Birthday Ball (when in garrison), the reading of a birthday message from the Commandant, the cutting of a birthday cake by the commanding officer, and the presentation of the first and second pieces of cake to the oldest and youngest Marines present.

Whether on a stateside base or on a remote post abroad, on this day, every Marine who serves or who has served is entitled to the words, “Happy Birthday, Marine.”

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