The Marine Corps hold a special celebration for their 239 years in serving.
Every year on the 11th of November, the United States of America celebrates the Veteran Day to commemorate all the men and women who had served or is currently serving their country in war and peace.
It is different from Memorial Day in the sense that the Memorial Day remembers all the soldiers who had died in combat or went MIA (Missing in Action) in war areas. The day was originally called the Armistice Day where everyone stopped working at 11 a.m. on 11th November to honor all the people serving their country.
Soon the news caught in and President Coolidge and the Congress approved a bill declaring it to be celebrated across the nation. A WWI veteran, Raymond Weeks was successful in convincing Eisenhower to commemorate all that had served and he got his wish.
Initially it was celebrated on 4th day of October but until recently it is being celebrated on 11th of November regardless of the day.
The Marines also celebrated the day with their own unique style. They held a cake cutting ceremony. The cake is cut with a Mameluke sword. According to the tradition, the cake is served to the eldest attending Marine and then passed on to the junior most in attendance.
Order No. 47 is read at every birthday of the corps which says in part, “it is fitting that we who are Marines should commemorate the birthday of our corps by calling to mind the glories of its long and illustrious history.” Marines are proud of that history.
The celebration was initiated by order of the 13th Commandant, Gen. John A. LeJeune in 1921. It has since been celebrated to remember the inception and services of the corps. The Marines have no doubt served the country in the best ways possible.
They have protected the American welfare and independence making the free world a safe haven. They have led their lives down for the purpose proudly.
They are also the best dressed corps of the US Army. This is the same Marine Corps which is the home of the Leathernecks. The history of which is the leather banned collars to avoid cutlasses.
The Daredevils who fought the Germans on their soil to capture the “Teufel Hunden,” referring to the legendary Hounds from Hell. Also the Jarheads, although that is atributary to the signature Marine haircut.
The motto of the Marines has changed thrice. The words may change but the essence of bravery, courage and service prevails in each motto and the Marine Hymn instills that spirit in all the Marines that celebrate the Corps birthday every year.
Who would have thought that The Providence Gazette advertisement by Captain William Jones for hand needed for the Providence ship at Boston would gather the most honorable and brave soldiers to date? President Washington quoted; “It is infinitely better to have a few good men than many indifferent ones.”
The Father of the Nation blessed these men as the nation’s good men and these good men lay down their lives in the service of the nation. We salute them and honor their bravery and courage.
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