Yes, today is the day! The United States Marine Corps turns 239 years young today. Oorah! 🙂
My husband was a Marine, so this date was always circled in red and “starred” on the calendar. We would have my version of “mess hall chow” – S.O.S. (if you have to ask what that stands for, you’ve probably never had the pleasure of eating it), some type of over-cooked vegetable, canned peaches, etc. 🙂
My girls knew the date “November 10th, 1775” and for what it stood. They could tell you the birthplace of the Corps – Tun Tavern, Pennsylvania. I always thought the tavern part was rather appropriate, after I attended a few Marine Corps Balls back at Camp Pendleton before Robby and I got married. 🙂
Here is the annual message from the Commandant for the 2014: Marine Corps Birthday Message
Here is a brief history of how the Marine Corps got started, from Military.com:
“On November 10, 1775, the Second Continental Congress meeting in Philadelphia passed a resolution stating that “two Battalions of Marines be raised” for service as landing forces with the fleet. This resolution established the Continental Marines and marked the birth date of the United States Marine Corps. Serving on land and at sea, these first Marines distinguished themselves in a number of important operations, including their first amphibious raid into the Bahamas in March 1776, under the command of Captain (later Major) Samuel Nicholas.”
And in case you were wondering … here are the words to the Marine’s Hymn. Come on … you know you were wondering. 🙂
The first verse is probably familiar, but did you know the other verses?
From the Halls of Montezuma,
To the Shores of Tripoli;
We fight our country’s battles
In the air, on land, and sea;
First to fight for right and freedom
And to keep our honor clean;
We are proud to claim the title
Of UNITED STATES MARINES.
Our flag’s unfurled to every breeze,
From dawn to setting sun;
We have fought in every clime and place
Where we could take a gun;
In the snow of far off northern lands
And in sunny tropic scenes;
You will find us always on the job —
The UNITED STATES MARINES.
Here’s health to you and to our Corps
Which we are proud to serve;
In many a strife we’ve fought for life
And never lost our nerve;
If the Army and the Navy
Ever look on Heaven’s scenes;
They will find the streets are guarded
By UNITED STATES MARINES.
And, last but not least, the Marine’s Prayer. My brother found this, and had it matted and framed as a present for Robby. It hangs on the wall in the hallway, just outside the bedroom.
” Almighty Father, whose command is over all and whose love never fails, make me aware of Thy presence and obedient to Thy will. Keep me true to my best self, guarding me against dishonesty in purpose and deed and helping me to live so that I can face my fellow Marines, my loved ones, and Thee without shame or fear. Protect my family.
Give me the will to do the work of a Marine and to accept my share of responsibilities with vigor and enthusiasm. Grant me the courage to be proficient in my daily performance. Keep me loyal and faithful to my superiors and to the duties my Country and the Marine Corps have entrusted to me. Help me to wear my uniform with dignity, and let it remind me daily of the traditions which I must uphold.
If I am inclined to doubt, steady my faith; if I am tempted, make me strong to resist; if I should miss the mark, give me courage to try again.
Guide me with the light of truth and grant me wisdom by which I may understand the answer to my prayer.”
Both the Marine’s Hymn and the Marine’s Prayer can be found at this site, www. USMCPRESS.COM