Monday, October 29, 2012


It's that time of year again when Marines around the world pause to celebrate the Marine Corps birth when, on 10 November 1775, two battalions of Marines during the American Revolutionary War.  Prior to 1921, Marines celebrated the recreation of the Corps on 11 July with little pomp or pageantry   On 21 October 1921, Major Edwin North McClellan, in charge the Corps's fledgling historical section, sent a memorandum to Commandant John A. Lejeune, suggesting the Marines’ original birthday of 10 November be declared a Marine Corps holiday to be celebrated throughout the Corps. Lejeune so ordered in Marine Corps Order 47.
It has also recently become a tradition for the Commandant and Sergeant Major of the Marine corps to release a birthday message of their own reflecting on the past, present and future of the Marine Corps.

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