Sunday, November 10, 2019


Waving Flag #3
November 10, 2019
The FRA and Mercer wish the entire Marine Corps family a happy birthday as the service celebrates its 244th anniversary on November 10th!

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!
Free, Public Domain Image: U.S. Marines Ceremonial Guard at Swearing In Ceremony For Ray MabusImage result for Public domain images of the US Marine Corps"

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