HAPPY BIRTHDAY U.S. MARINES FROM THE FLEET RESERVE ASSOCIATION AND MERCER
November 10, 2019
The FRA and Mercer wish the entire Marine Corps family a
happy birthday as the service celebrates its 244th anniversary on
On November 10, 1775, the Second Continental Congress resolved to raise
two battalions of Continental Marines. Since then, the Marine corps has
been engaged in every American armed conflict, demonstrating its
capability and resolve around the globe. “From the halls of Montezuma
to the shores of Tripoli;” from the deserts of Iraq to the hills of
Afghanistan – wherever their special abilities are needed – today’s
Marine Corps is America’s expeditionary force, ready to rapidly respond
to crises at a moment’s notice.
General John A. Lejeune, the 13th Commandant of the Marine Corps, gave
orders to formally commemorate the Corps’ birthday in 1921 and
ceremonies and celebrations have been a service-wide tradition ever
since. Commandant Lejeune’s original birthday message, Marine Corps
Order 47, is read aloud and the oldest and youngest Marines in
attendance share the honor of cutting the cake in a time-honored
ceremony. The first piece of cake is presented to the oldest Marine,
who then offers it to the youngest.
Thank you to all Marines for
your outstanding service!
Please help us thank all those who have served or are currently serving
in the U.S. Marine Corps by forwarding this email and letting them know
their service is appreciated!