The Marine Corps Birthday is celebrated every year on November 10th, marking the founding of the United States Marine Corps in 1775. This day is a significant occasion for Marines, both active and retired, as they come together to honor their history, traditions, and the sacrifices made by those who have served.
- Cake Cutting Ceremony: A ceremonial cake cutting is perhaps the most iconic tradition. A sword is used to cut the cake, symbolizing the Marines' readiness to fight. The first slice goes to the guest of honor, the second to the oldest Marine present, and the third to the youngest.
- Ball and Galas: Many Marine units hold a Marine Corps Ball with a formal dinner, dancing, and sometimes guest speakers. It is a time for Marines to don their best uniforms and celebrate together.
- Reading of General John A. Lejeune's Birthday Message: The 13th Commandant's birthday message outlining the history, mission, and traditions of the Corps is read aloud.
- Run and Physical Activities: Some units incorporate a motivational run or other physical activities to honor the high standards of Marine fitness.
The Marine Corps Birthday serves not just as a day of festivity but also as a reminder of the courage, perseverance, and camaraderie that define this branch of the U.S. military. It's a day that strengthens the bonds among Marines and reinforces their commitment to the values of honor, courage, and commitment.
Henry Jahn, Cliffdale Animal Hospital's office manager and husband to Dr. Sonya Chavis, owner, and vet of Cliffdale Animal Hospital, is a Marine. We thank him for his service.