November the 10th is the anniversary of the founding of the United States Marine Corps. For 22 1/2 years I served under those colours.
A committee of the Continental Congress met at Tun's Tavern to draft a resolution calling for two battalions of Marines able to fight for independence at sea and on shore.
The resolution was approved on November 10, 1775, which officially formed the first 2battalions of Continental Marines.
As the first order of business, Samuel Nicholas became Commandant of the newly formed Marines. Tun Tavern’s owner and popular patriot, Robert Mullan, became his first captain and recruiter. They began gathering support and were ready for action by early 1776.
Each year, the Marine Corps marks November 10th with a celebration of the brave spirit which compelled these men and thousands since to defend our country as United States Marines.
Naturally in recognition of the founding a birthday party of epic proportions takes place. These celebrations are conducted everywhere in the Marine Corps.
A particular event occurs in United States Embassies around the world, where it is The event of the season. The gala celebration is steeped in pageantry and formality, and once attended is not soon forgotten.
Since 1921 the birthday of the Marine Corps has been officially celebrated each year on 10 November, and begins by reading the incorporation by the Continental Congress "That two Battalions of Marines be raised....". A reading from General John A Lejeune is read. The celebration then involves the reading of an excerpt from the Marine Corps Manual and 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.
To my fellow Leathernecks, alive and departed, I say Semper Fidelis.