Here at Popcorn Friday, we couldn’t let November 10th go by without saluting the United States Marine Corps. It was on this day 242 years ago, that a corps of Marines was created at a small pub known as Tun Tavern in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Every year, Marines around the world come together to celebrate this occasion with a traditional cutting of birthday cake, camaraderie, and maybe a toast to commemorate the occasion. We celebrated this special day with cake and a reading of John A. Lejeune’s Birthday Message.
The Marine Corps, at it’s center is a fighting force known the world over, but for those that serve it is so much more. It is a way of life. From the first moment recruits step off the bus at MCRD San Diego, Parris Island, or as officer candidates at Quantico, they are taught the core values that will mold and shape them for a lifetime to come. They learn to improvise, adapt, and overcome. They are “always faithful” to God, country, and the Corps. It is an extended family. Marines look out for each other in all ways, from the battlefield to the homefront.
The Eagle, Globe, and Anchor worn by all Marines, is earned and not given. Representing the Marines’ fighting ability on land, at sea, and in air, it signifies strength, endurance, and courage in the face of hardships and trials.
From the halls of Montezuma to the shores of Tripoli...these are not just the first words of the Marine Corps Hymn, but a call to each Marine to stand at attention and remember the Marines who fought before them, who carried the torch in the annals of American history, and a call to those that have picked up the torch and will carry it into the future.
From our Marine Corps family to the Marines reading this, Happy 242nd Birthday, Devil Dogs! Semper Fidelis!