A joint service color guard representing Marines, Coast Guardsmen, soldiers, airmen, and sailors appeared at The Soldiers’, Sailors’, Marines’, Coast Guard & Airmens’ Club’s Salute our Veterans ceremony in Times Square, here, Nov. 9. The SSMCA president, William McShane, told the gathered crowd that this was an opportunity to publicly thank the brave, fearless people that put their lives on the line to protect our freedom. The club was founded in 1919 to provide a respite for service members of the World War in Manhattan. By 1937 they were the only New York City institution dedicated to the welfare of enlisted troops. They have hosted more than 3 million service members in their midtown hotel.(Marine Corps production by Sgt. Randall. A. Clinton / RELEASED)
The Commandant of the Marine Corps and Sergeant Major of the Marine Corps present the 236th Marine Corps birthday message and honor the 10th anniversary of the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks and the 70th anniversary of the attack on Pearl Harbor, and how the events shaped the lives of Marines past and present.
For a thorough history of the Marines check out The Founding of the Marine Corps.