Happy Birthday to the World’s Finest!

Tomorrow, November 10th 2011, will mark the 236th anniversary of the United States Marine Corps. It is our tradition to conduct a cake cutting ceremony and share a meal amongst the brethren. FAST Company’s celebration of our 235th birthday was rugged and glorious. During the celebration we read the birthday messages from the 13th Commandant and our current Commandant.

On November 1st, 1921, John A. Lejeune, 13th Commandant of the Marine Corps, directed that a reminder of the honorable service of the Corps be published by every command to all Marines throughout the globe on the birthday of the Corps. Since that day, Marines have continued to distinguish themselves on many battlefields and foreign shores in war and peace. On this birthday of the Corps, therefore in compliance with the will ov the 13th Commandant, Article 38, United States Marine Corps Manual Edition of 1921, is republished as follows: 

“On November 10, 1775, a Corps of Marines was created by a resolution of the Continental Congress. Since that date, many thousand men have borne the name Marine. In memory of them, it is fitting that we who are Marines should commemorate the Birthday of our Corps by calling to mind the glories of its long and illustrious history.

The record of our Corps is one which will bear comparison with that of the most famous military organizations in the world’s history. During 90 of the 146 years of its existence, the Marine Corps has been in action against the Nation’s foes. From the Battle of Trenton to the Argonne, Marines have won foremost honors in war and in the long era of tranquility at home. Generation after generation of Marines have grown gray in war in both hemispheres and in every corner of the seven seas [so] that our country and its citizens might enjoy peace and security.

In every battle and skirmish since the birth of our Corps, Marines have acquitted themselves with the greatest distinction, winning new honors on each occasion until the term “Marine” has come to signify all that is highest in military efficiency and soldierly virtue.

This high name of distinction and soldierly repute we who are Marines today have received from those who preceded us in the Corps. With it we also received from them the eternal spirit which has animated our Corps from generation to generation and has been the distinguishing mark of the Marines in every age. So long as that spirit continues to flourish, Marines will be found equal to every emergency in the future as they have been in the past, and the men of our Nation will regard us as worthy successors to the long line of illustrious men who have served as “Soldiers of the Sea” since the founding of the Corps.”

Below is the video message of our present Commandant, General James F. Amos. At the begining of the video you will hear the voice of Sgt Dakota Meyer.

Pictures of FAST birthday celebrations to follow!

Happy birthday to all my ninjas!
America’s 1stSgt

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12 comments

  1. 236 years ago in Tuns Tavern a Marine signed on the dotted line of his enlistment contract, turned to the guy in line behind him and said, “Well, in the Old Corps…”

  2. Okie, today I am dedicated to cake! Hmmmm…cake…

    Ivanhoe, Semper Fi!

    CI Roller, and cake! Don’t forget cake.

    be603, it’s always boots who are eager to call other Marines boot.

    Grimmy, I am ahead of east coast time about 7 hours.

  3. I’m very partial to all branches of our American military, but the Marines hold a special place in my heart. Happy birthday to all the guys and gals in our Marines!

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