Happy Birthday Marines!!!
November 10th holds a special place for all Marines. Whether you are Active Duty, Reserve, Retired, or a Veteran this day will forever be ingrained in your brain housing group. It is the day that the world's finest fighting force was born back in 1775 at Tun Tavern in Philadelphia, PA. Marines have been involved in every major conflict that has taken place and also in some that may be less known throughout history. In it's 234 years there have not been many years that Marines were not in harm's way on some far off shore. There are too many heroic men or actions to list on here so if you are curious you can find it all online. Below is the Birthday Message from the Commandant of the Marine Corps as well as the Birthday video. No matter where Marines are deployed they take time to read the Birthday Message from the Commandant as well as the first message from General John A. Lejeune. They also recognize the oldest and youngest Marine present to signify the passing of the torch from the past generation to the new generation by sharing a peice of cake, or poundcake if you are deployed. My most memorable Birthday was in 2004. It marked the second day of the Battle of Fallujah, Operation Phantom Fury. This was the biggest urban battle since Hue City in Vietnam during the Tet Offensive in 1968. It involved 8000 plus Marines and around 2000 soldiers. Pretty obvious why this would be my most memorable. To all the Marines on the Q please feel free to share your own memorable Marines Corps birthday with everyone. I am sure there are some great ones out there and I feel that people need to know what we do and how tight we really are. The only people that will ever know what it feels like to be a Marine are those that have stood on those yellow foot prints on either coast and that marched across that parade deck 13 weeks later. To all my brothers in arms Happy Birthday and Semper Fi!!!
UNITED STATES MARINES REPRESENT THE BEST YOUNG MEN AND WOMEN OUR NATION HAS TO OFFER. TO BE A MARINE IS TO BE A MEMBER OF AMERICA'S WARRIOR CLASS - TO BE ONE OF THE FEW WHO STEPS FORWARD WITH THE COURAGE AND CONVICTION TO FACE WHATEVER DANGERS AWAIT. OUR NATION EXPECTS HER MARINES TO BE READY WHEN THE NATION CALLS; TO LEAVE FAMILY AND THE COMFORTS OF HOME BEHIND; TO MARCH INTO BATTLE AND THRIVE UNDER AUSTERITY; AND TO COME HOME UNDER A VICTORY PENNANT.
2. FROM AL ANBAR IN THE WEST OF IRAQ, TO HELMAND PROVINCE IN THE SOUTH OF AFGHANISTAN, OUR CORPS OF MARINES CAN ALWAYS EXPECT TO BE FOUND WHERE THE FIGHT IS TOUGHEST. SUCH IS OUR HISTORY. TODAY, AS WE WRITE THE FINAL CHAPTER ON OUR VICTORY IN IRAQ, WE WILL INCREASINGLY TAKE THE FIGHT TO THE ENEMY IN AFGHANISTAN AND ADD NEW PAGES TO OUR LEGACY IN PLACES CALLED DELARAM, NOW ZAD, AND GARMSIR. ONE DAY, WE WILL RETURN TO OUR NAVAL HERITAGE AND PATROL THE HIGH SEAS WITH OUR NAVY BROTHERS. SUCH IS OUR FUTURE.
3. AS WE CELEBRATE OUR CORPS' 234TH BIRTHDAY, WE FIRST PAUSE TO REFLECT AND PAY TRIBUTE TO THOSE MARINES WHO HAVE GIVEN THE LAST FULL MEASURE IN DEFENSE OF FREEDOM. WE EXTEND OUR DEEPEST GRATITUDE TO OUR MARINE CORPS FAMILIES - THE UNSUNG HEROES WHO ENDURE HARDSHIP AND SACRIFICE SO THAT WE ARE ABLE TO GO FORWARD AND ACCOMPLISH ANY MISSION. WE EXTEND OUR APPRECIATION TO OUR COUNTRYMEN WHO HAVE ANSWERED OUR EVERY NEED. AND WE CELEBRATE THE MAGNIFICENT MEN AND WOMEN WHO WILLINGLY AND SELFLESSLY CONTINUE TO GO INTO HARM'S WAY TO PROTECT THIS GREAT NATION.
4. TO ALL WHO HAVE GONE BEFORE, TO THOSE WHO WEAR THE UNIFORM TODAY, AND TO THE FAMILIES THAT GIVE US THE STRENGTH TO FORGE AHEAD - I WISH YOU ALL A HEARTFELT HAPPY 234TH BIRTHDAY!
5. SEMPER FIDELIS! JAMES T. CONWAY, GENERAL, U.S. MARINE CORPS, COMMANDANT OF THE MARINE CORPS