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.
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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.
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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.”